Denver Broncos left guard Dalton Risner got into an argument with backup quarterback Brett Rypien, and even pushed him out of the way. In what was an overall ugly day, the Broncos’ poor performance even spilled over into the sidelines.
Toward the end of the game, Dalton Risner and Brett Rypien can be seen exchanging words. Apparently, Rypien went over to verbally push the offensive line a bit after Russell Wilson took another sack.
Risner was not having that, though. A key angle of the incident can be seen below, and you can clearly hear the fourth-year guard say “Do something, do something Ryp!”
The very beginning of the video shows Risner literally shoving the much smaller and weaker Rypien. It’s pretty obvious that Risner did not shove Rypien as hard as he could, but the idea of an alleged good teammate and Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee doing that is kind of hard to stomach.
Then, Latavius Murray can be seen giving Risner a shove back before other players jumped in to try and diffuse the situation.
I have been extremely critical of Dalton Risner on here and on my social media pages, and if there was even a sliver of a chance that the Broncos would re-sign Risner, that sliver has been pushed out of the window.
The entire team was likely frustrated with what happened on Christmas against the Rams, and this isn’t the first time that two teammates have fought, but I do think Rypien has a strong argument here.
The offensive line has been brutally bad all season, and Rypien himself was taking quite a few hits when he was in against the Cardinals. On the field, Risner himself just simply is not good. He is terrible in pass protection but does save face a bit in the run game.
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has to take a decent amount of the responsibility for the historic firing of head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
Overall though, he is not someone who a team should keep around as a starter, and the Broncos aren’t likely offering him any sort of extension.