Broncos DL D.J. Jones clears concussion protocol, questionable for Sunday


Denver defensive lineman D.J. Jones cleared through the NFL’s concussion protocol and is questionable for Sunday’s game against Las Vegas, head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Friday.

Jones took part in the team stretch and non-contact individual work during the open portion of Friday’s practice. He played in just 13 snaps against San Francisco before exiting and being placed in the league’s protocol.

“I’m blessed (to be feeling good again),” Jones said. “I’m all clear and good to go for Sunday.”

Concussions have been a major topic of conversation in the NFL this week after Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hit the back of his head on the turf and was taken to the hospital during Thursday night’s game, just five days after he suffered from apparent balance issues after a hit Sunday.

“I have full confidence in our medical team and how they evaluate everything,” Hackett said regarding Jones and his progress. “I have full confidence in the NFL and how they treat everything. Safety is first. Safety is always first. We’re always trying to do the right thing and every single one of them is different. …

“I don’t know if there’s a perfect way. It’s such a sensitive topic. In the end, it’s about player safety, player safety, player safety.”

Five out. Right guard Quinn Meinerz, sidelined since the second quarter of the season opener at Seattle with a hamstring issue, is among five players Denver ruled out for Sunday.

Meinerz was active last week but didn’t play, then was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday. Before practice Thursday he told the Post, “It’s time to do my thing. I feel very confident that I’ll be out there on Sunday.” However, a team source said Meinerz experienced some discomfort in the muscle after practice and the training staff made the decision to hold him out again his weekend.


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