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Broncos place Justin Simmons on IR

The standout second-year safety injured his ankle while celebrating.

New England Patriots v Denver Broncos Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

News broke this afternoon that the Broncos are placing Justin Simmons on injured reserve, ending a standout season for the second-year safety.

Simmons injured himself while celebrating with linebacker Brandon Marshall last Sunday, after the latter strip-sacked Jets quarterback Josh McCown. The two players performed a leaping bump, and Simmons’ ankle twisted badly when his foot landed on top of Marshall’s afterward.

What was initially reported as a simple sprained ankle may have turned out to be more serious. Or the Broncos may simply be being careful with the budding star and allowing other young safeties like Will Parks and Jamal Carter more opportunities.

Simmons is far from the first player to end up on IR this year, joining guard Ron Leary among starters who’ve recently been shut down for the remainder of the season.

While Simmons was already a long shot to play Thursday evening against the Colts, his confirmed absence will mean the Broncos’ secondary may be more vulnerable to big passing plays.

And unfortunately, big passing plays are one of the few things a pretty terrible Colts offense has managed to do.

It’s a matchup worth keeping an eye on.