NFL Rumors: Broncos Quarterback Could Miss Multiple Games

The Denver Broncos' season could be in trouble. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that a partially torn hamstring will leave the team without quarterback Russell Wilson in Week 7 and potentially cost him his availability for next week's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, England. The Broncos have their bye in Week 9, so presently their concern with Wilson's hamstring doesn't extend beyond next week. Given the added strain and complications that a trip to England includes, there's certainly a logic to sitting Wilson against the Jaguars and giving him three straight weeks to recover. However, after a 2-4 start to the season, the Broncos' can't afford to drop two straight games, either.

Wilson's hamstring injury first came to light following the team's 19-16 Monday Night Football loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He had already been fighting through a shoulder injury. The Broncos offense has scored a league-worst 15.2 points per game this year, so it would likely be wise to spare themselves the misery of a drastically reduced or hobbled Wilson. If the Broncos intend to turn their season around, they'll need Wilson refreshed and improved over the stretch run.

The Broncos will start backup quarterback Brett Rypien in Wilson's absence. The second-year quarterback won his first and only start last year, a 37-28 win over the New York Jets. The Broncos will hope for a similar result against the Jets this week. Rypien netted 242 passing yards but also threw three interceptions in the game. So long as he can cut down on the turnovers, he shouldn't prove a massive downgrade over Wilson in the coming weeks.

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