Denver Broncos RB Javonte Williams to have MRI after injuring knee in loss to Las Vegas Raiders

LAS VEGAS — Broncos running back Javonte Williams was carted into the locker room after sustaining a right knee injury in Sunday’s 32-23 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Williams, who came on as the Broncos leader in carries and rushing yards, stayed on the field after a 1-yard loss in the first game of the second half. Athletic trainers checked his right knee before he was helped to the injury tent on the Broncos sideline.

Williams was unable to put full weight on his leg when he was helped to the sidelines. A few minutes later, he was taken to the Broncos locker room on a trolley and ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Williams exited the Broncos locker room at Allegiant Stadium on crutches as some of his teammates offered quiet encouragement. Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said Williams will be sent for an MRI Monday morning.

“We’re still evaluating,” Hackett said. “…We want to be sure that we get MRIs and get a feel for it.”

“Of course it hurt to see Javonte go down,” said quarterback Russell Wilson. “Hope he’s okay.”

Outside linebacker Randy Gregory will also be sent for an MRI on Monday after sustaining a right knee injury in a 9-yard scramble by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr with just under six minutes left.

Gregory, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Broncos in March, underwent knee surgery after the 2021 season while he was with the Cowboys and shoulder surgery after signing with the Broncos. It is not known if he injured the same knee against the Raiders on Sunday.

Mike Boone replaced Williams in the Broncos lineup right after Williams went down. Melvin Gordon III had shared time with Williams in the first three games of the season, but Gordon fumbled in the second quarter and the Raiders’ Amik Robertson gave it back 68 yards for a touchdown.

It was Gordon’s fourth blunder of the season — the Broncos have lost two of them. Gordon took something from the Broncos’ next possession.

But if Williams’ injury forces him to miss significant time, it will force the Broncos to make an adjustment. Williams, a Broncos second-round pick in the 2021 draft, came in for 175 yards on 37 carries in the first three weeks of the season and was the Broncos’ second-leading receiver with 15 catches in those three games.

He had 28 yards on 10 carries the Sunday before his injury.

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Emma Bowman

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