Denver Broncos defensive lineman Domata Peko has been something of a bright spot during a season without too many of them, but he had to miss last week’s game with a sprained knee. He’s been working hard to return for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, but he doesn’t yet know if he’ll be able to do it. He’s questionable, as of the latest reports.
“Broncos Domata Peko tested his sprained left knee during some drills today,” wrote Troy Renck of Denver7. “Making improvement, but might need some more time before his knee is stable enough to return to the trenches. But he is improving. He will test it again on Saturday.”
Peko has been a terrific leader and his intensity fits right in with the Broncos. He was also very consistent up to this point, having started 123 games in a row before missing the one last week.
“It’s kind of weird,” Peko said then, per Ben Swanson of the team’s official website. “I was talking to one my other teammates about it. I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t even know.’ It’s been a while. I forgot what it feels like to miss practice. When I’m seeing all my guys go out there to work and just sitting in there in the training room, it gets lonely in there. I’m just going to work my tail off and try to get a new streak going. One hundred and twenty-three, man, I thank God for that. It was a good run. But I’ve got to keep working hard to rehab and get back on the field.
“All week I was trying to be positive with it, but just running around yesterday and in the pool today, just jogging in there, I just felt that my knee wasn’t stable. And being in the trenches, you can’t have a bad wheel. You’ve got to be 100 percent in there. I don’t want to go out there at 75 percent and someone falls into me. That’s not going to do us any good.”
He’s patiently waiting to see when he hits that 100 percent mark. It’s obviously hard for him not to take the field, but there’s no reason to rush it and risk further injury during a three-win season.