Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons got hurt while celebrating during the win over the New York Jets, and he had to leave the game. While reports were never dire, the Broncos have gotten some good news: It’s just a sprained ankle.
“Broncos second-year safety Justin Simmons has a ‘mild’ high ankle sprain and he’s considered day-to-day, coach Vance Joseph said Monday,” reported Jon Heath of BroncosWire. “Simmons’ status for Thursday against the [Indianapolis] Colts is uncertain.”
Simmons has been quite good in his first year as a starter. The Boston College product has made mistakes, as any young player will, but he absolutely showed why the Broncos were willing to move on from T.J. Ward. If Simmons continues to develop as planned, they could have their starting safety for the next decade.
Naturally, getting hurt in such a random and unnecessary way raised a few eyebrows. Joseph didn’t seem all that concerned, though, noting that it’s just a thing that can happen in the NFL.
“It’s flukey,” Joseph said. “He’s celebrating with Brandon Marshall after Brandon’s sack-fumble and he turned his ankle on Brandon’s right foot. Simple as that. I mean, what do you say to Justin? Don’t celebrate? Don’t have fun? It’s just flukey.”
While the Broncos would love to get him back, the Thursday Night Football schedule strikes again. The short week could make it impossible.