The NFL world is excited to witness the first in-game action for Russell Wilson in a Denver Broncos uniform.
But according to head coach Nathaniel Hackett, it sounds like the veteran quarterback won't be taking the field for this weekend's preseason opener.
The newly-hired Broncos leader is looking to preserve his team's most valuable asset ahead of the 2022 NFL season.
“No, I don’t think so,” Hackett said when asked if Wilson will play on Saturday, per ProFootballTalk. “A guy of his caliber that’s been doing it this long. I don’t think it’s as important. You always have to look at it as risk-reward. Of course, you want to go out there and play football all the time. I think that’s why we practice. When you get out there, I’ve had a lot of different experiences throughout my career. The No. 1 most important thing is getting the guys healthy going into the season. That’s all that matters.”
Though Wilson is operating under a new offensive system for the first time in his NFL career, it makes sense that the veteran QB won't be taking the field this weekend — especially given his injury struggles this past season.
At 33 years old with 10 seasons of valuable NFL experience, Wilson is more than capable of getting off to a hot start without a surplus of preseason reps.
The Broncos will kickoff their preseason schedule with a home matchup against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.