Broncos defenders Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were not eligible for Sunday’s match against New Orleans after the NFL found they were closely linked to Jeff Driskel, who was on the COVID-19 / reserve list on Thursday. ESPN was the first to report the league’s decision.
The Saints-Broncos match was held on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday. The charter flight to New Orleans was on its way when the league’s decision was announced.
There are two options for the “quarterback” to play: rematch Royce Freeman, who was the emergency quarterback in Week 2 in Pittsburgh when Lock was injured in the first quarter, and Driskel was the only healthy healthy quarterback, and Kendall Hinton, the practice team’s buyer .
Hinton, an unwritten free agent from Wake Forest, played a three-year quarterback on campus, scoring 133 of 253 passes on 1,504 yards and eight touchdowns.
Lock, Rypien, and the practice team’s quarterback, Bortles, were sent home from the Broncos facility just as the practice began.
Commission recurring game. The Broncos will have no returning Diontae Spencer (COVID-19 / reserve list) and special teams time manager Trey Marshall (tibia) against New Orleans on Sunday.
Tom McMahon, the teams ’special coordinator, said the candidates filled Spencer before Saturday’s training session will be Bryce Callahan (probably penalties), Phillip Lindsay (kicks) and bettors Tyrie Cleveland (kicks) and KJ Hamler (both).
When Spencer missed three games earlier in the year with a shoulder injury, Hamler / Callahan returned the penalty and Hamler / Cleveland took kicks.
Coach Vic Fangio said Marshall’s injury against Miami is not long-term. He leads the Broncos with 228 special team clicks.
“This is the next man upstairs,” McMahon said when asked who would trigger Marshall’s clicks. – Josey (Jewell) did a nice job (point defense) and (De’Vante) stepped into the kick coverage and return of the point. They may not be the same players, but the guys need to act and play. “
Back to work. After canceling Friday’s training session, the Broncos returned to the practice field on Saturday afternoon.
The Broncos placed a reserve list on the COVID-19 / reserve list on Thursday and Friday with Jeff Driskel and Spencer, Fangio said the Broncos ’decision was not to practice on Friday.
“The tournament on Thursday said it was okay to practice; at that time we only had it (positive), ”he said. “I only felt two consecutive days with positive tests, we didn’t have to practice, even though we thought we could have done it.”
Within the three minutes the media was able to watch the workouts, Jerry Jeudy (ankle / Achilles) had a helmet on his customer and did a light custom drill. Jeudy is considered questionable.
According to Fangio, Callahan (ankle), right defender Graham Glasgow (calf) and right striker Demar Dotson (calf / hand) are all playing.
Footnotes. Saints ’left-wing fighter Terron Armstead announced on Twitter on Saturday that the COVID-19 test was positive and will leave Sunday’s match with left-wing guard Andrus Peat (concussion). … The Saints are among the top 10 in the league in both kick / punt coverage / return, and McMahon saluted Thomas Morstead (39.7 yards net average). “He’s a guided puncher, 45 yards to the edge of both sides, he’s done it throughout his career, he’s very, very consistent, and in my opinion, he’s among the top five in the history of guided puncturing in the game,” McMahon said. … Pat Shurmur, the Broncos in last week’s race match against Miami (attack coordinator, 189 yards this season): “The runs worked and in most situations it makes sense to run ball. I don’t know of many o-lines that pass the block rather than the run block. I believe I run the ball and if we can run the ball effectively early on, it will help throughout the game. “