Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons is probably a bit embarrassed that he hurt himself celebrating in the Broncos win over the New York Jets. At least his coach doesn’t seem too angry with him.
“Simmons injured his ankle celebrating Brandon Marshall’s strip-sack,” wrote Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “[Coach Vance] Joseph: ‘What do you say to Justin — don’t celebrate? Don’t have fun? Just flukey.'”
He has a point. Guys celebrate on almost every single snap these days, and the vast majority of them don’t get hurt. You’re not going to shut all of that down because of one incident. Plus, those celebrations do help ramp up the team energy, which you need to win.
Of course, everyone remembers you when you get hurt. Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte head-butted a wall and sprained his neck. Kicker Bill Gramática made a field goal and tore his ACL during the celebration. Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch sacked Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and then celebrated so hard he hurt his ACL; weeks later, Chicago Bears pass rusher Lamarr Houston sacked then New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, did the same celebration as Tulloch, and tore his ACL.
Compared to those guys, Simmons got off light.
“I should be all right,” Simmons said, per Jhabvala. “I don’t know 100 percent, really. We do the MRI tomorrow [Monday], but I’m being a little optimistic. Hopefully I’ll be all right for Thursday. I think it’s just a bad ankle roll. I don’t even know. Tough break. It’s almost like a freak accident, but I’m going to be completely optimistic. Walking around in this boot, even putting pressure on it before the boot, it wasn’t terrible. It was tolerable. I bet tomorrow is going to be worse, but if I can get the swelling down and the pain down. Like I said, I’m trying to be optimistic. I want to play Thursday.”