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Broncos defensive leader Wilson hurt, taken to hospital

DENVER -- Broncos backup linebacker Keith Burns knows he's
going to get an earful about the loss from middle linebacker
Al Wilson.

Wilson sprained his neck and was carted off the field and taken
to a hospital by ambulance after a fourth-quarter hit Sunday night
against Seattle.

After the game, which Denver lost 23-20 on a 50-yard field goal
in the final seconds, a team spokesman said Wilson was moving all
his extremities and was taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center as a
precaution.

Burns quickly got dressed and was headed straight to the
hospital.

"He's like a brother to me," said Burns, who filled in for
Wilson. "This is bigger than the game. I have to go [to the
hospital]. I can't sit around and worry."

Wilson was attempting to recover a fumble by punt returner
Darrent Williams when he crashed into teammate Gerard Warren.
Wilson briefly sat up twice and then went back down.

Several teammates gathered around him near the Broncos' sideline
while the medical staff immobilized him and placed him on a
stretcher.

Warren was sullen when talking about the collision.

"All I know is I ran off the field and looked back and just
asked, 'Who was that on the field?"' Warren said. "They were
like, 'That's Al.' I didn't [know I hit him]."

The Seahawks scored on four straight possessions -- a touchdown
and three field goals -- after Wilson left the game.

"That's our leader," Williams said. "Not just on the defense,
the team. Everybody responds to Al."

"I wish we could've brought this one home for him," safety
John Lynch said.

Under normal circumstances, Burns wouldn't want to receive one
of Wilson's postgame sermons about a loss. In this case, he
couldn't wait.

"He'd expect more out of us," Burns said. "I think we let him
down from that aspect. It's tough."