Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons sprained his ankle while celebrating during the win over the New York Jets.
In the grand scheme, a sprained ankle doesn’t sound too bad. Every week, players go down with torn ACLs and broken bones and brain injuries. It was felt that Simmons got off light.
He may have, but he posted a picture of the injury, and it’s pretty bad. It’s also enough to keep him out of Thursday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
“Broncos S Justin Simmons will not play Thursday because of his ankle sprain,” wrote the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala, while posting this photo of Simmons’ ankle.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 13, 2017
The Broncos will likely use safety Will Parks, who was part of the same draft class. He’s gotten plenty of playing time this year in various sets. They like his physicality and use him as a sort of hybrid linebacker and defensive back. He may not be a true starter like Simmons, but he knows this defense and can step in well.
Parks is also very dedicated to winning. He doesn’t care that the Broncos aren’t going to the postseason. He approaches every game with the same mindset.
“You know, it’s crazy. I see that all the time,” he said when asked by Denver7’s Troy Renck if the Broncos would consider tanking on purpose for the NFL Draft. “I scroll and I see what people say about us. Even in my mentions, I’ve got negative comments all day long. But, ah, you know, that kind of fuels me to go out and get the job done even more. Some fans are mad. They’ve got a right to be mad. We haven’t been playing up to our potential. But, you know, in this game of football you can’t just give up. From their perspective, that’s essentially what they are asking us to do. But, you know, we can’t do that.”