World News – USA – Broncos QBs Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were not eligible to play on Sunday due to COVID-19


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Playing quarterback for the Broncos against New Orleans on Sunday: practice squad receivers Kendall Hinton and maybe Royce Freeman run back.

The unprecedented 2020 NFL season took a wild turn on Saturday afternoon when the league ineligible quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles due to contact tracing concerns following Jeff Driskel’s positive COVID-19 test during the week explained.

The Broncos, represented by President / CEO Joe Ellis and General Manager John Elway, had a conference call with the league office which put Lock (starter), Rypien (substitute) and Bortles (training team) on the bench. .

It doesn’t seem like the Broncos had an opportunity to reschedule the game until Monday. The Baltimore-Pittsburgh game scheduled for Thanksgiving Night has been postponed first to Sunday and then to Tuesday.

« This is crazy, man, » one Broncos player said in a text message to the Denver Post.

As training was preparing for Saturday, Lock, Rypien, and Bortles were ordered to leave the facility. According to a league source, they tested negative, showed no symptoms and also tested negative on quick reaction tests.

The league allowed the Broncos to train Thursday after Driskel’s test positive (which they did) and Friday after returnees / recipient Diontae Spencer’s test (which they didn’t). .

“The league said on Thursday it was okay to train. At that time we only had one (positive), ”said coach Vic Fangio before training on Saturday. “I just felt like I had two consecutive days with positive tests. We didn’t have to train even though the league said we could. ”

If the game goes as planned without their quarterbacks, the Broncos could turn to Freeman, and Hinton is also a consideration, a league source said.

Freeman was the Broncos’ emergency option in Week 2 when Lock injured his shoulder in the first quarter and Driskel stepped in as the only remaining quarterback.

Typically, Noah Fant’s tweet was: « I’m not the one to complain, but @NFL you may not be able to send us into a game without a QB. « . We don’t even get a backup. ”

Safety Kareem Jackson pointed out that the Broncos lost a bye week when a game against New England was postponed and postponed until next week due to COVID issues among the Patriots.

Second leg after committee. The Broncos have no return Spencer (COVID-19 / reserve list) and no special team leader, Trey Marshall (Shin) on Sunday against New Orleans.

Tom McMahon, special teams coordinator, said ahead of Saturday’s practice session that the candidates for Spencer would be cornerback Bryce Callahan (likely punts), Phillip Lindsay (kicks) and receivers Tyrie Cleveland (kicks) and KJ Hamler (both). .

When Spencer missed three games with a shoulder injury earlier this year, Hamler / Callahan returned punts and Hamler / Cleveland handled kicks.

Manager Vic Fangio said Marshall’s injury against Miami wasn’t long-term. He leads the Broncos with 228 special teams.

« It’s the next man, » McMahon said when asked who will replace Marshall’s Snapshots. « Josey (Jewell) did a good job in (Punt Protection) and (De’Vante) advocated kick coverage and punt return. They may not be the same players, but the guys need to step up and play. ”

Jeudy questionable. During the three minutes that the media were allowed to watch the training, recipient Jerry Jeudy (ankle / Achilles) had a helmet and performed light individual exercises. Jeudy is classified as questionable.

Fangio said Callahan (ankle), right guard Graham Glasgow (calf) and the right tackle against Demar Dotson (calf / hand) will all play.

footnotes. The Broncos called Troy Fumagalli, Alijah Holder and center-back Josh Watson from the training team to replace COVID-19. … The Saints announced Terron Armstead on Twitter on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and that he would miss Sunday’s game along with left guard Andrus Peat (concussion). … The Saints are among the top 10 in the league in both kick / punt reporting / return and McMahon who welcomed punter Thomas Morstead, 39. 7 yard net average). « He’s a directional punter, hitting 45 yards to the edge of both sides, he’s been doing it all his career, is very, very consistent and in my opinion he’s in the top 5 in directional punt history, » said McMahon said. … Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur at the Broncos running game against Miami last week (season high 189 yards): “The runs worked and it makes sense to play the ball in most situations. I don’t know of many O-linemen who would prefer to go block over run block. I believe in letting the ball run and if we can run the ball effectively early on it will help us throughout the game. ”

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World News – USA – Broncos QBs Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were ineligible to play on Sunday of COVID-19



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