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Russell Wilson in concussion protocol after big hit in Week 14 vs. Chiefs

Russell Wilson suffered a head injury in Week 14 of the 2022 NFL season. Here are the latest updates.

Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos looks to throw the ball during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field At Mile High on December 11, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Post-game update: Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett confirmed Wilson is in the concussion protocol, per Jeff Legwold. That means Wilson has to be asymptomatic before he can return to game play. There’s no set timeline other than symptoms going away ahead of his next game appearance.

7:07 p.m. update: The Broncos officially ruled out Wilson in the fourth quarter. He will be in the league’s concussion protocol and have to clear through that without symptoms before he can return to game action.

Fourth quarter update: CBS highlighted a knot that was showing up on Wilson’s head while he was on the sideline.

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has exited Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an apparent head injury. Wilson took a big hit on the end of a run and was last seen entering the blue medical tent. Backup quarterback Brett Rypien has taken over in his place.

The team has yet to confirm his status, but Wilson’s afternoon may be over. Following Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion earlier in the season, the NFL and NFLPA modified its concussion protocols to add a diagnosis of ataxia to the list of mandatory no-go symptoms for players being evaluated in-game for a concussion. The league’s statement defined ataxia as “abnormality of balance/stability, motor coordination or dysfunctional speech caused by a neurological issue.”

As for the game itself, Wilson and the Broncos were attempting to storm back from a steep 27-0 deficit against the AFC West juggernaut. The quarterback completed two touchdowns to Jerry Jeudy before a 66-yard touchdown to Marlon Mack brought them within a score. Right after Wilson exited the contest, Rypien hit Jeudy for a touchdown to bring the Broncos back to within six.