Denver Broncos: Injured thigh puts safety Justin Simmons on IR

Denver Broncos Justin Simmons will be sidelined for at least four games. In a press conference on Wednesday , head coach Nathaniel Hackett informed that the player would need to be sidelined for some time.

A few hours later, the safety was placed on injured reserve due to the thigh injury he suffered on Monday Night Football. Simmons will be eligible to return for the showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6.

“It’s hard to replace a guy like Justin Simmons,” Kareem Jackson told DNVR’s Zac Stevens.

Simmons has been a mainstay of the Broncos’ defense since being selected in the third round of the 2017 Draft. He has been a starter in every game over the past four years, taking part in every defensive snaps between 2018 and 2020 and almost every one in 2021.

Simmons played Monday Night against Seattle Seahawks

Despite the injury, the safety was present on every defensive play in Monday’s game and finished the game with nine tackles and a recovered fumble.

The Broncos’ group of safeties also includes Kareem Jackson, P.J. Locke, Caden Stems and Delarring Turner-Yell. Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post stated that the team has signed veteran Anthony Harris to its practice squad.

The Broncos face the Houston Texans on Sunday in Week 2.