Broncos' Wilson a 'game-time' decision vs. Jets

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Russell Wilson will be a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the New York Jets due to a hamstring injury, Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said on Friday.

Broncos QB Russell Wilson a 'game-time' decision against New York Jets 4:46 PM ET Jeff LegwoldESPN Senior Writer Close Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Previously covered Steelers, Bills and Titans Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors since 1999 ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson , who has been a limited participant in practice this week with a hamstring injury, is formally listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Empower Field at Mile High as coach Nathaniel Hackett called Wilson's status a "game-time'' decision. "He's day-to-day at this point,'' Hackett said after Friday's practice at the team's suburban Denver complex " ... We can always adjust anything (in the gameplan) to make sure we've got the best scenario out there, we just want to be sure that he can protect himself, that's probably the most important thing,.' Backup quarterback Brett Rypien has taken a significant number of the snaps with the starting offense throughout the week, including in Friday's practice, and would start if Wilson does not play. The 26-year-old Rypien has spent the previous three seasons on either the Broncos' roster or practice squad before he won the backup job in this year's training camp. Editor's Picks Broncos QB Rypien gets reps with Wilson limited 1d Jeff Legwold Broncos' Hackett, Gordon discuss RB's carries 2d Jeff Legwold Week 7 buzz, upset picks: Best 3-3 teams, Panthers coach options, AFC North drama 2d Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano 2 Related His only previous start in the league was against the Jets in 2020, a 37-28 Broncos win when Rypien threw for 242 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. "I've taken more reps, obviously, this week,'' Rypien said. " ... You want to do your job the best you can and put some points on the board.'' Wilson has said he suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Monday night's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers . Wilson received a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam Tuesday morning and has since been officially listed as a limited participant in each of the last three days of practice. Wilson has already been receiving treatment for a partial muscle tear near his right shoulder since the team's Oct. 2 loss in Las Vegas. The Broncos also leave Monday for London to prepare for the Oct. 30 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars before a Week 9 bye. Hackett said Friday he's had several conversations with Wilson, the team's medical staff as well as general manager George Paton as Hackett makes a decision about Wilson's status for Sunday. Hackett said he believes Wilson has been forthcoming in those discussions about how the injury feels. "I know (Wilson) is going to do the right thing, I'm going to do the right thing,'' Hackett said. Asked Wednesday if he thought he would be able to play, Wilson said: "I'm hoping so. I'm doing everything I can to be ready to roll. That's always my mentality ... If I can go, I'll go. I'm going to try to do everything I can to be ready.'' As Hackett said, Wilson's ability to protect himself by his ability to move away from trouble in and out of the pocket, will factor greatly in the decision. The Jets' active defensive front sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times and hit Rodgers nine times overall in New York's 27-10 victory this past Sunday over the Packers . Jets' defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was named the AFC's defensive player of the week with five tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal attempt.