Wade Phillips did, in fact, suffer a lasting injury in his sideline collision on Sunday. The Denver Broncos defensive coordinator broke a rib and might end up coaching from the press box for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, the NFL Network’s James Palmer reported Thursday.
The 69-year-old Phillips took a nasty fall after a collision with San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon during Denver’s 27-19 victory on Sunday. Gordon fell out of bounds on a play in which Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby returned an interception for a touchdown, and Phillips took the force before falling to the ground. He was tended to by the training staff and later taken to the hospital. He was released from care the next day.
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The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos are currently 6-2. Phillips’ defense is once again playing at an extremely high level, ranking third in the league in yards allowed.