ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos safety Justin Simmons was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the NFL on Wednesday.
The rookie blocked the extra-point attempt of New Orleans Saints kicker Will Lutz with the game tied and 1:22 remaining in Sunday’s game at the Superdome.
Rookie safety Will Park then returned the blocked kick for a two-point defensive conversion in the Broncos’ wild 25-23 win.
It was just the third time there had been a two-point defensive conversion since the NFL changed the extra point rules before the 2015 season.
It’s the first time a Broncos player has won the weekly special teams award since Matt Prater in December 2013.
It’s the third weekly award for a Broncos player this season.
Linebacker Von Miller was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2.
Cornerback Bradley Roby was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception for a touchdown, seven tackles and two passes defensed in the 27-19 win over the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 31.
Miller was also named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.