Broncos: Wilson Cleared Out of Hospital

The Denver Broncos fullback Cecil Sapp has been placed on the injured reserve ending his season after breaking his left leg while returning a kickoff in the fourth quarter against Seattle on Sunday night (2006-12-03).

However, Denver also announced good news regarding the return of linebacker Al Wilson. The latter is even expected to return to practice on Wednesday. Wilson had an outstanding recovery considering he was immobilized and carted off the field after spraining his neck while going for a fumble. Entr├╝mpelung Stuttgart

Sapp injured his left leg after returning a kickoff while there were only three minutes remaining in Denver’s 23-20 loss to the Seahawks. Sapp was tackled by Niko Koutouvides and Lance Laury bending backward in the pile. He is expected to undergo surgery next week. This fourth tough loss for the Broncos since Sapp was on of top special team players. Previously, Denver lost for the balance of season defensive end Courtney Brown, left tackle Matt Lepsis, safeties Sam Brandon and Nick Ferguson who all suffered knee injuries.

As for Wilson, he was taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center for tests after the game. Unexpectedly he was cleared out of hospital and went back home. But Coach Mike Shanahan explained that Wilson still had some numbness in his shoulders on Monday. Wilson is expected though to be fully able to participate to the practice on Wednesday.

The linebacker related that he underwent MRIs and X-rays, which all revealed to be negative allowing him to leave the hospital the same night he checked in. Both the player and Coach Shanahan expressed their happiness about the good ending of the incident.

For the first time since 2003, the Denver Broncos (7-5) have lost three straight games prompting them to operate a change at quarterback on Sunday night with rookie Jay Cutler replacing an ineffective Jake Plummer. The latter has been moved to the back-up reserve for the first time in his 10-year NFL career.

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