All 4 Broncos QBs are inactive for Saints matchup, but no forfeit in sight
No, we’re not joking.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, all four quarterbacks on the roster can’t play against the Saints. Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles did not wear masks and were deemed high-risk close contacts.
Here's how Denver got wiped out at the QB position in a 72-hour span:
QB Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID on Thursday.
Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles did not wear masks, per a source, and were deemed high-risk close contacts today. They now are out Sunday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 28, 2020
The Broncos’ emergency quarterback is running back Royce Freeman, per Mike Klis of 9News. It looks like he’s going to start against the Saints in Week 12, although the team could go with Kendall Hinton, who is on the Broncos’ practice squad as a wideout. He was a three-year starting QB at Wake Forest.
All three Broncos QBs have been ruled out. One possible QB: Kendall Hinton. He's on Broncos practice squad as WR but he was a three-year starting QB at Wake Forest. (Won't be coach Rob Calabrese. League won't allow, I'm told).
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 28, 2020
The Broncos are 4-6 on the season and in third place in the AFC West standings. They defeated the Miami Dolphins in Week 11 and were hoping to get a shot at upsetting the Saints.
However, Lock, Rypien and Bortles didn’t take COVID-19 seriously by failing to wear their masks after Driskel tested positive.
Could team president and Hall of Famer John Elway suit up in this game? Probably not, but Denver doesn’t have a lot of choices right now. 2020 continues to be bonkers. It’s going to be interesting to see what the Broncos wind up doing at QB against the Saints. The entire NFL world will surely be watching that game.