ENGLEWOOD, Colorado — Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson was limited in practice Thursday, the second straight day that his hamstring injury has eased his workload.
Backup quarterback Brett Rypien has been snapping a big chunk of snaps with the starters over the past two days, and while he declined to go into specifics ahead of practice, coach Nathaniel Hackett said Rypien needs to be prepared for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets to play at Empower Field at Mile High.
When asked how he split training between Wilson and Rypien, Hackett said, “We’re working through all of this. We’re going to work through it all, make sure we take care of Russ and get ready for the game.”
Asked if the split was 50-50 or if Rypien got more work, he said: “I don’t know the number. We want to be sure that we get everyone ready to play.”
Wilson suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Wilson received an MRI scan Tuesday and was listed as a restricted participant for the last two days of practice.
Wilson has been treated for a partial muscle tear near his right shoulder since the October 2 loss in Las Vegas. The Broncos travel to London on Monday in preparation for the Oct. 30 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of a Week 9 bye.
Hackett said he will continue to speak with Wilson, evaluate Wilson in the field and consult with the team’s medical staff and general manager George Paton before making a decision on how to proceed with Wilson on Sunday.
“I want to be sure I’m talking to you [Wilson]to communicate with him, to make sure he’s in a good frame of mind, that he’s in a good place, that he can play quality football,” Hackett said. “[I want to] Put someone out there who is healthy, who can go out there and play at a high level.
Asked Wednesday if he thinks he can play, Wilson said: “I hope so. I’ll do anything to be ready. That’s always my mentality. … If I can go, I will.” I will go. I will try to do everything to be ready.”
Wilson has missed three games in his career – all in the last season after surgery on a finger on his right (pitching) hand.
The Jets have an aggressive defense that Aaron Rodgers sacked four times in Sunday’s 27-10 win over the Packers. Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week with five tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked attempt at a field goal.
“They’re a penetrating line of defense and they’re causing havoc,” Hackett said. “But these guys are doing really well, especially in the stunt game, you see that a lot, as big and strong and powerful as they are. They’re very adept at getting through the gaps if you give them a glimmer of hope.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34840638/brett-rypien-gets-broncos-qb-reps-russell-wilson-limited Brett Rypien shares Broncos QB reps with Russell Wilson limited