Russell Wilson to Start in London Game

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson
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NFL Week 8 - Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to start against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday, according to head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Wilson sat Denver's Week 7 game against the New York Jets with a hamstring injury; he has also been dealing with a lat injury throughout the season. 

"I feel great, ready to roll," said Wilson on Wednesday via ESPN.  "... Hopefully get a big win in London. ... I feel great, ready to rock."

Wilson even spent portions of the team's plane ride rehabbing for Sunday's contest. 

"I was doing treatment on the plane," he said. "Everybody else was knocked out and I was walking up and down the aisles, high knees, working on my legs, making sure I was ready to rock."

Wilson's -9.4% DVOA is currently on pace for the worst of his career and would be the only time Wilson has had a season-long DVOA dip into the negatives. 

The news also coincides with reports that head coach Nathaniel Hackett's job may be on the line this Sunday. ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that the Broncos first-year head coach is already on the hot seat, with "chatter in some league circles" claiming Hackett could have his job on the line against the Jaguars.  Broncos general manager George Paton gave Hackett a vote of confidence on Thursday.

"I believe in Nathaniel," said Paton, according to Denver 9News' Mike Kils. "I support Nathaniel 100%. He’s been in this for 7 games as a head coach. The scrutiny he’s faced is unprecedented. We’ve had 4 primetime games so he’s had to learn in front of the entire world.But I really like how he’s kept the team together. They’re connected. He’s kept our building together. I appreciate how he came through that.”

Comments

5 comments, Last at 29 Oct 2022, 9:50am

#1 by Aaron Brooks G… // Oct 28, 2022 - 12:20pm

Jeez, the dreaded vote of confidence.

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#2 by Mike B. In Va // Oct 28, 2022 - 12:49pm

I hope he over-packed. They might leave him there.

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#5 by TimK // Oct 29, 2022 - 9:50am

Not with our current immigration regime they won't. I don't think Hackett has enough skills for a points-based work visa... They probably won't try to fly him to Rwanda at least (no matter what some of the Broncos fanbase seems to think he deserves).

I do agree with the comment from GM that having so many prime time games in first few weeks must not have been easy, and has really amplified attention on his failings.

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#3 by KnotMe // Oct 28, 2022 - 1:04pm

This way he can say "We know Rypien isn't the answer, but it turns out Russ wasn't 100%. please don't fire me"

Honestly, I would just let him finish the year unless they somehow think they can lure Sean Payton. (super unlikely with having to make a trade with NO and not having picks)

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#4 by Grendel13G // Oct 29, 2022 - 2:11am

For a second I thought I had clicked on the "32 Horror Movies for 32 NFL Teams" article.

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