For the second week in a row, a Broncos game ended with a loss and a trip to the hospital for a big name. Last week, it was Gary Kubiak, and on Thursday, Russell Okung made like his head coach and left the stadium in an ambulance following a 21-13 loss in San Diego.
The good news is it sounds like Okung is going to be OK. Officially, the left tackle has entered the concussion protocol. However, interim coach Joe DeCamillis updated the seventh-year veteran’s status Friday and overall it sounded like he’s making good progress.
“The player’s health is the most important thing and he was experiencing some issues after the game,” said DeCamillis. “We just wanted to make sure everything was OK. He’s back in Denver now, so that’s a real positive.”
DeCamillis adds there may have been additional complications for Okung that made the situation seem worse.
“That’s something that they are going to have to study and know as it comes into it. We’re not sure yet, but we’re just glad to have him back here.”
The good news for the Broncos is they aren’t scheduled take the field again until Monday, Oct. 24, against the Texans, giving Okung a full week-and-a-half to clear the concussion protocol. It’s also promising he was discharged from the hospital quickly and already is back in Denver.
Then again, the team will no doubt want to wait for any additional results from the study and until they are sure what exactly was the issue for Okung on Thursday before rushing him back on the field. Concussions are nothing to mess with so as it is, and hospital visits only make it scarier.
Nonetheless, DeCamillis and the Broncos staff seem to think it’s nothing too major, so for now at least, it doesn’t seem like Okung will miss significant time.