All Denver Broncos quarterbacks ineligible for Sunday’s game vs. Saints following COVID exposure

The Denver Broncos will not have a quarterback on their roster Sunday when they take on the New Orleans Saints.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Saturday that all three Denver QBs — Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel — have been placed on the COVID-19/restricted list and will be ineligible to play this week. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was first to report that all three players were ineligible and were considered high-risk contacts of a person who tested positive — and none of them was wearing a mask at the time.

The news comes in the wake of the NFL shutting down all team facilities on Monday and Tuesday to slow the spread of the virus. 

Where will the Broncos turn with no one to lead the offense? 

Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, right, and Brett Rypien, as well as Jeff Driskel, will all miss Sunday's game. (Photo: Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos reporter Mike Klis of 9News in Denver wrote that it could be practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton, who played quarterback in college.

Running back Royce Freeman has served as the Broncos' emergency quarterback this season. The third-year running back has never thrown a pass in his NFL career and only had one pass attempt during his four years in college at Oregon. However, that one pass during his freshman season did go for a 26-yard touchdown.

All three Broncos QBs have been ruled out. One possible QB: Kendall Hinton. He’s on Broncos practice squad as WR but he was a three-year starting QB at Wake Forest. (Won’t be coach Rob Calabrese. League won’t allow, I’m told).

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