Broncos’ Russell Wilson had shoulder procedure on Friday, per report – USA TODAY

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Russell Wilson’s slow start to this season took another strange twist on Friday.

The Denver Broncos quarterback reportedly underwent a shoulder procedure on Friday in Los Angeles. According to NFL Network, Wilson had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection on his throwing shoulder. Wilson has been dealing with a strained latissimus dorsi. He appeared on the team’s injury report leading up to Week 5.

The shoulder injury could explain Wilson’s sluggish start. He has struggled during his first season in Denver.

Wilson had two interceptions in the Broncos’ 12-9 loss on Thursday night to the Indianapolis Colts. He was inaccurate on multiple throws and appeared lost in first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett’s offense. 

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Through five games, Wilson has 1,254 passing yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions for the 2-3 Broncos. He’s completed just 59.4% of his passes and has a 82.8 passer rating — both on pace for career lows. Denver’s offense is near the bottom of the league in points per game.

The Broncos acquired Wilson in March from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for multiple first-round picks. Denver then signed Wilson to a massive five-year, $245 million extension in September.

The positive news for the Broncos is Wilson does intend to play through his shoulder ailment. The Broncos have a few extra days before their next game on  Oct. 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers. 

The belief is the injection, coupled with rest and treatment will be enough for Wilson to be on the field for Denver in Week 6 and beyond.

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Tyler Dragon on Twitter @TheTylerDragon.