Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is injured.

That’s the explanation that no one seemed to have considered as the veteran Denver Broncos quarterback struggled this year. Yet ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday that Wilson played all of Denver’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, and three-quarters of the Week 4 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, with a partially torn lat in his right (throwing) shoulder.

Wilson reportedly hurt his shoulder early in the second quarter of the Raiders game, but doctors did not diagnose it until Wednesday.

According to Schefter, Wilson will not need surgery, but the injury could “linger for multiple weeks.” He reportedly received an injection in his shoulder Friday.

Wilson is expected to play in the Broncos’ next game Oct. 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.

This may explain some of Wilson’s struggles. Some observers have said he looks prematurely old at 33. Wilson has been the subject of jokes. His own teammate, K.J. Hamler, even showed him up after Wilson didn’t see him wide open on the decisive play in Thursday’s loss to the Colts.

This injury report might change the narrative. Or maybe not. NFL fans reacted to the injury news with a shrug, saying the veteran’s problems seem to go much deeper.

[Adam Schefter]

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