The Denver Broncos may have lost more than the game on Monday Night as they were defeated by the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium, in overtime, 19-16 as Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson suffered an injury.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, Wilson suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of Denver’s loss. Wilson received treatment following the game and will be evaluated further Tuesday morning, and as of Monday night the belief was that he would be taken for an MRI exam as well.
“I kind of scrambled to move around on one, I had to throw it away, it kind of got me pretty good in the fourth quarter,” Wilson said. “Just tried to play through it … just trying to find a way to win the game.”
Wilson finished 15-of-28 for 188 yards to go with a touchdown, but the majority of those passing yards (173) came during the first half, as Wilson went only 3 for 11 for a putrid 15 yards during the second half of action.
For Wilson, it’s another hit on his health, as he already had received treatment for a partial muscle tear near his right shoulder during the Broncos’ loss to the Las Vegas Raiders back on October 2nd.
“Shoulder did good, but listen, the only thing that matters is us winning,” Wilson said. “Not going to sugarcoat it, the only thing matters is us winning … there’s no excuse for it, we’ve got to find a way.”
“This is very disappointing,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “We need to have a lot more urgency across the board — it starts with me as a coach, then all of the other coaches, then to the players. Players need to be just more urgent. … We’ve got to execute at a higher level, and we’ve got to come up with some better plays.”
Wilson has struggled since the blockbuster trade that sent him from the Seattle Seahawks to Denver during the offseason, for the steep price of five draft picks, including two first-round selections and two second-round picks, as well as three players.
The Broncos then inked Wilson to a five-year, $245 million contract extension.
Wilson’s performance has been lackluster at best, as he has now thrown for fewer than 220 yards in three of the Broncos’ six games.
“We could have done it cleaner in the second half,” Wilson said. “The reality is it’s just not good enough. We’ve got to be better, we’ve got to play sharper, we’ve got to find ways to make plays, we’ve got to find ways to get touchdowns. Felt like we should have won that game.”