Broncos set to face Saints without recognised QB

Starter Drew Lock, back-up Brett Rypien and practice squad quarterback Blake Bortles were ruled out of Sunday’s game with the New Orleans Saints after being deemed close contacts; Running back Royce Freeman could play as an emergency quarterback

Last Updated: 28/11/20 11:58pm

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman is expected to start as an emergency quarterback on Sunday
Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman is expected to start as an emergency quarterback on Sunday

The Denver Broncos face the prospect of playing the New Orleans Saints on Sunday without a recognised quarterback.

The nightmare scenario materialised after quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday and fellow quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were deemed as close contacts.

Running back Royce Freeman is slated to fill in as an emergency quarterback.

Drew Lock will miss the clash with the New Orleans Saints
Drew Lock will miss the clash with the New Orleans Saints

However, ESPN‘s Adam Schefter has reported that the Broncos, who sit third in the AFC West with a 4-6 record, are not currently planning to forfeit the game.

“The most 2020 scene of all: Denver’s QBs were deemed high-risk, close contacts because they were not wearing their masks,” Schefter wrote on social media.

“The Broncos will hit the field Sunday against the Saints without a quarterback.

“Broncos will not be forfeiting, per source.”

Schefter also reported that Lock, Bortles and Rypien were not thought to have been wearing masks at the time of their possible exposure.

A person with knowledge of the situation told Associated Press that Lock, Rypien and practice squad member Bortles were pulled off the practice field on Saturday. Denver had previously cancelled two days of practice.

Broncos back-up quarterback Brett Rypien is also ruled out of Sunday's game
Broncos back-up quarterback Brett Rypien is also ruled out of Sunday’s game

The 8-2 Saints, who have themselves had quarterback issues with Drew Brees currently sidelined, are expected to land in Denver on Saturday evening and prepare for the game as normal.

Denver, while yet to address the situation publicly, are understood to be working with the NFL to find a satisfactory resolution.

Source : Sky Sports