The Denver Broncos are beginning to resemble a MASH unit with notables like linebacker DeMarcus Ware, offensive tackle Donald Stephenson and tight end Virgil Green all picking up significant injuries in last Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. You can add rookie safety Justin Simmons to that list, as well.
With a few crucial players out for this week’s road trip to Cincinnati, it was a welcome sight to see Simmons among the healthy Broncos practicing Wednesday, albeit in a limited role. The young safety will need to have his hand in a cast for the upcoming contest, as he did in Wednesday's practice, but all signs point to him playing on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... Simmons left last week’s game briefly after sustaining a wrist injury while on special teams. Despite being hurt, the rookie was able to come back into the game and still played a significant amount of defensive snaps in Wade Phillips' “Big Nickel” sub-package.
Simmons confirmed the injury today, as well as the need to wear a sizable cast on Sunday, saying he will have to “club it up” in order to prevent any further damage. The team expects he'll be able to remove it at some point later in the year.
A third-round pick out of Boston College, Simmons has taken over the No. 3 safety role vacated by former Bronco safety David Bruton. when the veteran left for Washington in free agency. Aside from playing on both the punt and kick return units, Simmons has been running with the first team defense of late.
With Simmons ready for action against the Bengals, look for him to continue to play in on the special teams unit, while also taking the field in nickle and dime coverage situations.
Simmons being forced to play with one hand isn’t the greatest of news for Denver's secondary but for somebody as important as he is, it’s still better than not having him play at all.
While it will be a challenge for him to intercept passes or even tackle, he still represents the best option to play in that nickel and dime role versus either fellow rookie Will Parks or recently re-signed Shiloh Keo.
Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.
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