The Denver Broncos have a game against the New Orleans Saints scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Now the team will be without all three of its quarterbacks due to COVID-19. Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles are not eligible to play on Sunday due to contact tracing.
According to NFL Media, the team pulled all three quarterbacks from Saturday's practice to be further evaluated as part of close contact tracing. Fellow QB Jeff Driskel tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, landing him on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The team currently has no option other than emergency QB Royce Freeman, a member of the running back rotation. Freeman has one pass attempt in his career, a 26-yard touchdown pass during his freshman year at the University of Oregon.
With the news that Freeman was the only option remaining in the mile-high city, fans began responding with a variety of comments. Some made jokes about the situation and listed the quarterbacks they want to suit up. Others expressed concern about the team, as well as its chances against the New Orleans Saints.
“The Broncos are preparing to play against the Saints without a QB” pic.twitter.com/r0m6SqDYBU— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) November 28, 2020
Royce Freeman at QB would make for the most entertaining Broncos game of the year https://t.co/Vg7tLZvNSR— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) November 28, 2020
The Broncos do have a QB who has been going through the COVID-19 testing protocol this entire time in their organization… John Elway.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) November 28, 2020
*Sees the Broncos will have no QB this week against New Orleans*— Jacob Robinson (@jakerob2k) November 28, 2020
*Intense PTSD flashbacks of Ronnie Brown’s 5 TDs with the wildcat back in ‘08 pic.twitter.com/BJGDyePZqa
Saints - "We're gonna roll with a TE as our QB"
Broncos - "Hold my beer"
2020— The Battered Bastards (@TheBtrdBastards) November 28, 2020
It’s Tim Tebow time https://t.co/ju6hNyEKgb— Garrett D Sherman (@GDSherman154) November 28, 2020
The Broncos should definitely start Tim Tebow and everybody knows it— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) November 28, 2020
TIM TEBOW READY— ROC. (@djrockman928) November 28, 2020
Broncos haven’t had a qb since manning.— Tyler Divido (@TJ_Divido14) November 28, 2020
Please explain to me how we moved 10 games around for Cam but one Broncos QB tests positive and the whole position group is ruled out?— Christina Nicole (@mrspurcell98) November 28, 2020
Broncos Starting QB Sarah Fuller— Christopher Oven (@Chris_Oven) November 28, 2020
@Kaepernick7 is available since ALL of your Qb’s are ineligible 🤷🏽♀️— Mitzi Sims Porter 🌹 (@All4Our2) November 28, 2020
Starting at QB tomorrow for the Denver Broncos pic.twitter.com/mQc8ucZVZh— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 28, 2020