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Broncos QB Drew Lock reacts to returning to first full practice since Week 2

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The Denver Broncos had some good and bad news on Wednesday.

Running back Melvin Gordon’s status is an unknown after the former Pro Bowl running back was arrested on a DUI charge, a crushing blow to Denver’s backfield given Phillip Lindsay has been hampered by injuries.

However, the Broncos might have more stability under center in Week 6.

Quarterback Drew Lock was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, putting him on track to play against the New England Patriots. Lock is excited to be back and have the opportunity to play:

The Broncos entered the 2020 season with playoff expectations, but it has been a struggle.

Vic Fangio’s team is just 1-3, with Denver’s only win coming against the winless New York Jets in Week 4.

The Broncos lost by a combined seven points in the first two weeks, and Lock suffered a shoulder injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, the Broncos’ early bye week — as a result of last weekend’s postponement due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests from Pats players — has allowed Lock some extra time to recover.

The 23-year-old earned the right to be Denver’s starter after going 4-1 in his five starts last year. But Lock struggled to replicate his success early.

Lock completed nearly 67 percent of his attempts against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, but he averaged just 6.5 yards per pass attempt. The youngster then played just 13 snaps before sustaining the injury in Week 2.

The Broncos have lost some weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Star wideout Courtland Sutton tore his ACL in Week 1, and now Gordon is likely out for the foreseeable future.

However, Denver will hope Lock’s return under center can provide inspiration for a team in desperate need of momentum. It looks like it’s going to be Drew Lock vs. Cam Newton on Sunday.