Russell Wilson was in the midst of one of his best outings with the Broncos on Sunday against the Chiefs.
He wasn’t able to finish it, however.
Wilson suffered a head injury after a 14-yard scramble early in the fourth quarter. The veteran quarterback hit his head hard on the turf after being tackled by L’Jarius Sneed.
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Wilson lay motionless on the ground for a moment while his teammates signaled to the bench to come help him. He was eventually able to get up and walk off the field, surrounded by members of Denver’s medical staff.
The Broncos initially announced that Wilson was being examined for a possible concussion. They later declared him out for the remainder of the game.
Injury update: QB Russell Wilson has been ruled OUT with a concussion. https://t.co/vRMa0618KK
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Before exiting, Wilson completed 23 of 36 passes for 247 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He also was the team’s leading rusher, logging a season-high 57 yards on four carries.
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Who is the Broncos’ backup QB?
Brett Rypien came in to replace Wilson. Rypien is a fourth-year player who has been with the Broncos since signing with them as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft.
Rypien has made two career starts, including one in place of Wilson this season, and has a 1-1 record. He entered Week 14 having completed 58 percent of his career passes for 520 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.
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Rypien added a third career touchdown shortly after replacing Wilson. He found Jerry Jeudy in the back of the end zone on fourth-and-goal to cut the Chiefs’ lead to six points. Denver eventually lost by that margin, 34-28.
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If Wilson needs to miss time additional time because of this injury, Rypien would likely start. Undrafted rookie Jarrett Guarantano, who is on the team’s practice squad, would be next up.