ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Three Denver Broncos quarterbacks, together with starter Drew Lock, can return to follow and the group’s facility Wednesday after every examined adverse Tuesday for COVID-19, a number of sources confirmed to ESPN.
Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles, who’s on the follow squad, had been deemed high-risk shut contacts to Jeff Driskel, who examined constructive for the coronavirus Thursday. After issues over the contact tracing information and violations within the league’s COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, the three had been pulled off the follow subject Saturday and none of them had been in uniform for Sunday’s 31-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The three had been found to haven’t worn masks round Driskel sooner or later whereas watching movie collectively on an off day.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio had stated Monday that if the three obtained adverse check outcomes Tuesday, they might return to group actions Wednesday. All three had once more examined adverse as they’d every day since Driskel was moved to the reserve/COVID-19 record, sources stated.
9News was first to report the quarterbacks had examined adverse once more on Tuesday.
Fangio stated Monday that further self-discipline continues to be “on the desk” for Lock, Rypien and Bortles if no self-discipline comes from the NFL, together with the potential of a nice for conduct detrimental’ to the group.
The Broncos were fined $250,000 and Fangio was fined $100,000 earlier this season for not following masks protocols and now face the prospect of a nice in addition to a possible lack of a draft choose for the newest incident.
Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis launched a press release Tuesday morning that learn, partially: “We share within the disappointment of our followers for the difficult and distinctive scenario our group confronted on the final minute this weekend. Whereas it is easy to level fingers, all of us should take duty and work collectively to stop it from occurring once more.”
Ellis, who has battled COVID-19 himself this season, additionally thanked the group’s medical employees, gamers and different group personnel. Ellis additionally stated within the assertion he had met Monday, through video name, with Broncos president of soccer operations/basic supervisor John Elway and Fangio about “what must be achieved to step it up” within the group’s COVID-19 efforts.
Ellis additionally stated “we’ll be taught from this.”
The Broncos have additionally begun the method of placing quarterback Kyle Shurmur, who’s offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s son, by way of COVID-19 protocols to be signed. If the Broncos do not launch a quarterback by the point Shurmur is cleared to take part in group conferences and practices, he can be the fifth quarterback on the roster or follow squad.
Fangio stated Monday that the choice of quarantining a quarterback can be mentioned for future weeks, “however I believe if we simply comply with the protocols, we’ll be nice.”
Lock had issued an apology on social media earlier than Sunday’s recreation and stated he made an “trustworthy mistake, however one which I’ll personal.”
Follow squad vast receiver Kendall Hinton performed 24 of the group’s 43 snaps on offense at quarterback Sunday whereas the Broncos had operating backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman take direct snaps the remainder of the time. Hinton was 1-of-9 passing for 13 yards with two interceptions after his 24-hour crash course within the offense, and the Broncos gained 112 yards total.