Russell Wilson, Broncos look for different result vs. Texans

Russell Wilson is under contract for nearly a quarter of a billion dollars, but when the game was on the line Monday night at Seattle, Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett opted to try a long field goal instead of letting his veteran quarterback get a first down on fourth-and-five.Denver kicker Brandon McManus missed a 64-yard field goal attempt, the Broncos lost and Hackett admitted he should have left Wilson on the field. Chances are Wilson will lead an attempt if the same situation arises when Denver (0-1) hosts the Houston Texans (0-0-1) on Sunday.The Broncos won’t have safety Justin Simmons on the field this week — and beyond. Simmons, who has started 66 straight games, was placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury on Wednesday and will miss at least four weeks.It’s another blow to the defense, which played without inside linebacker Josey Jewell against the Seahawks due to a calf injury. He, along with fellow linebacker Randy Gregory (shoulder/knee), defensive lineman DeShawn Williams (back) and receiver KJ Hamler (hip/knee) didn’t practice Wednesday but only Simmons has been ruled out for Sunday.Simmons had nine tackles and a fumble recovery in Denver’s 17-16 loss on Monday night.”It’s hard to replace a guy like Justin Simmons,” safety Kareem Jackson said. “What he does for our defense, what he does in our locker room and for this team with his leadership. It’s tough.”Sunday will be Wilson’s first home game in Denver. The Broncos traded for him in the offseason to solve the quarterback issue that has lingered since Peyton Manning retired after the 2015 Super Bowl season.Wilson had a solid debut, throwing for 340 yards and a touchdown against his former team.