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Broncos’ Russell Wilson, Mike Purcell Involved in Sideline Blowup



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The Denver Broncos season could not be going much worse and frustrations boiled over as Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and veteran defensive tackle Mike Purcell engaged in a brief sideline blowup during the Broncos 23-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

“Frustration,” Purcell said of the blowup, according to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “We all want to spark on something. We are all in this together, period. That’s the quarterback of our offense, they’re about to take the field. … Obviously, [the defense wasn’t] doing our job, but got to get a spark somewhere. They’re about to take the field, that’s all it was.”

“I had just got a penalty on a field goal block, frustrated for everything,” Purcell said. “Frustrated for everything, we didn’t do our job on defense … just not good enough.”

Wilson assured everyone that the two were on the same page.

“Mike and I are on the same page,” Wilson said. “He came off after they kicked a field goal, he was pissed off, he just said, ‘We’ve got, we’ve got to F’in’ go,’ and I agree. We’re on the same page — there’s no animosity there at all.

“We’ve got to win. We’ve got to come out here and have some grit to us, some mentality to us. We’ve got to win these football games,” Wilson added. “Those guys are out there battling every play, and offense, we’ve got to be able to capitalize. So, yeah, there’s nothing there at all, me and him — there’s nothing there.”

Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said he didn’t see the incident but stated that he would speak with both players.

“I know they’re both competitors. … We’ll get to the bottom of it,” Hackett said.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.