P.J. Locke Steps Up: Broncos Safety Replaces Ejected Kareem Jackson, Delivering the Game-Changing Play


The Broncos’ recent game against the Green Bay Packers saw some dramatic moments. P.J. Locke, initially on injured reserve, replaced the ejected Kareem Jackson and ended up making a crucial interception late in the game. This play was a game-sealer and marked Locke’s first career interception.

Locke’s journey to this moment was not without its challenges. He had been injured in a training camp practice in August, but with the support and encouragement of teammates like Jackson and Justin Simmons, he stayed engaged with the team. After missing the mandatory four games, Locke returned and primarily played on special teams before his impactful performance in this game.

Regarding a controversial call during the game, a touchdown pass to Green Bay’s Romeo Doubs, both cornerback Pat Surtain II and Doubs had their hands on the ball in the end zone. While Surtain and others believed it was an interception, the call on the field was a touchdown.


Baron Browning, who had been sidelined for the first six games due to a knee injury, returned for this game. Despite some penalties for being offsides, Browning was glad to be back on the field, contributing in a reserve role.

The Broncos made a significant change in their cornerback lineup, giving Fabian Moreau his first start of the season. Moreau’s experience and contributions were praised by his teammates.

The Broncos prioritized their running game in this matchup, achieving a season-high of 145 yards. Javonte Williams led with 82 yards on 15 carries, and Jaleel McLaughlin added 45 yards on five attempts.

Kicker Wil Lutz’s performance was lauded by coach Sean Payton, as he made all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 52-yard kick.

Wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy played crucial roles in the game, with Sutton making key catches, including a touchdown, and Jeudy contributing with receptions.

Despite pre-game intentions to involve rookie wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. more, he had limited opportunities in the game, receiving only one target.

Inactives for the Broncos in this game included defensive backs Riley Moss and JL Skinner, defensive linemen Elijah Garcia and Keondre Coburn, center Alex Forsyth, and outside linebacker Thomas Incoom.