Report: Russell Wilson underwent ‘minor’ knee scope after 2022 season

Mar 22, 2023, 9:51 AM

Russell Wilson...

(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Russell Wilson didn’t miss a game due to injury in his first nine NFL seasons. In his last two, he’s missed five games — three in 2021, two in 2022. Injuries finally caught up to him.

But an injury that didn’t cost him a game resulted in a recent surgery, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Wednesday, Rapoport tweeted that Wilson underwent what was termed a “minor” arthroscopic procedure on his knee after the season.

A knee issue that lingered over multiple years provides at least a partial explanation for why Wilson’s mobility doesn’t match what it was during his younger years, along with the natural passage of time and the accumulation of wear and tear from over a decade of absorbing hits in the NFL.

But at the same time, Wilson looked more spry in the Broncos’ final two games of the 2022 campaign. That followed the installation of Justin Outten as play-caller and Jerry Rosburg as interim head coach. They changed the emphasis of the offense to allow for Wilson to move more, and the result was his best two-week stretch as a Bronco.

Watching from afar at the time, Sean Payton noticed.

“It wasn’t the type of season he wanted to have. I feel like the last couple of weeks, we saw a little bit more of maybe what we were expecting or accustomed to,” Payton said at his first press conference as Broncos head coach.

Getting Wilson back to health and mobility is crucial for the Broncos in 2023. And for Wilson, this is particularly crucial, since Payton noted last month that with all players — including Wilson — he and his staff will emphasize playing to their strengths.

And for Wilson, that means movement.

“Although [quarterback] is a much more visible position, it’s the same case and the same goal for us with every player on this roster. What do they do well?” Payton said last month. “It’s easy to point out what players don’t do well, and there are certain coaches that tend to look at it that way. I kind of was taught early on, ‘Hey, what is it they do well? Let’s have them do those things.’

“… None of us want to be at a karaoke bar with a song we don’t know the words to. How do we how do we get them comfortable and highlight their strengths? That’s the process that’s going to begin right now. I’m learning about every one of these players, not just Russell.”

And knee surgery to clear up an issue offers the best chance of Wilson playing to those strengths.



Frank Clark...

Andrew Mason

Why the Broncos felt they needed Frank Clark

At edge rusher, the Broncos have concerns about injuries and depth. They needed another veteran. To that end, they opted for Clark.

11 hours ago

Garett Bolles and Russell Wilson...

Andrew Mason

Garett Bolles says Russell Wilson will make critics ‘eat crow’ this season

"I was angry with everything that came out," Bolles said, standing up to protect his quarterback at Broncos OTAs.

1 day ago

Baron Browning...

Cecil Lammey

Orange and Blue Today – June 8th 2023

In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Andrew Mason discuss the latest news and notes for the Denver Broncos. Topics Include: why the injury to EDGE Baron Browning perhaps led to the signing of Frank Clark, are the Broncos going to land RB Dalvin Cook, updates from OTAs, plus more! Follow @CecilLammey

1 day ago

Sean Payton...


Broncos embracing Sean Payton’s no-nonsense, detailed approach

With another week of OTAs in the book, it became clear that the Broncos players are happy to have a new head coach setting a standard

1 day ago

Frank Clark...

Andrew Mason

Breaking: Broncos sign edge rusher Frank Clark

The Broncos signed former Chiefs and Seahawks edge rusher Frank Clark to a 1-year deal, bringing aboard a 3-time Pro Bowler.

1 day ago

Dalvin Cook...

Will Petersen

Report: Broncos will be a frontrunner in Dalvin Cook sweepstakes

Cook would obviously be a major splash for Denver, as he's been one of the best and most consistent backs in the NFL for years

1 day ago

Report: Russell Wilson underwent ‘minor’ knee scope after 2022 season