The Broncos learned a scary lesson this weekend: Even though many people underestimate them, offensive linemen are tough to deal with these days. Maintaining your body at 300+ pounds while building muscle mass and athleticism is an incredibly difficult combination.
Most athletes who play offense try to lose weight soon after retirement. It can sometimes lead to negative health effects that can scare not only the players but also the rest of the team.Broncos OL was rushed to hospital after Week 14During the Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, offensive guard Quinn Meinerz played the game in the first half with an undiagnosed illness. However, he was forced to leave the match in the second half due to illness and was reportedly rushed to hospital later in the evening with an elevated heart rate.On Monday afternoon, field reporter Zac Stevens of Denver reported that Meinerz had been released and was reportedly feeling fine. Denver Broncos aftermathWhile there are many things that can be speculated about that could have caused the illness, it is notable that the young guard would try to play with such an illness. There should be a much stricter rule to prevent players with serious illnesses from playing. What would have happened if Meinerz had fainted during the match? Would we have the same discussions we are having now? Of course, it’s wonderful that Meinerz fared better afterward, but the league needs to do a better job of protecting its players.Meinerz was a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Meinerz is one of the few NFL athletes to come from a Division III college and succeed in the National Football League. Meinerz is known for his mean streak, which embodies the perfect mindset of an offensive guard. Over the past few seasons, Meinerz has become one of the best guards in the league, while Denver’s offensive line has become one of the best units in the league. No statement has been released on the severity of her illness or whether she will be able to return to training soon after the accident. Denver will desperately miss Meinerz as they attempt to complete a dramatic late-season surge to reach the playoffs. Denver has won six of its last seven games and is currently tied with several other teams for a wild card spot. Denver will face the struggling Lions in Week 15 as they look to finish the season on a high note.