Broncos Considering Drew Lock IR Stay

After ceding his Ravens job to Lamar Jackson last season, Joe Flacco does not look to be in danger of a demotion in Denver. Drew Lock‘s injury timetable may be longer than initially anticipated.

Expected to need at least five weeks of recovery time before he can resume throwing, Lock is now a candidate for the Broncos’ IR list. Vic Fangio acknowledged (via ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold) that is in play for the second-round pick. Lock suffered a “fairly serious” sprain against the 49ers on Monday and said Thursday he is not sure when he will be able to throw again.

Should Lock land on IR to start the season, after being carried through to the Broncos’ 53-man roster, he would need to remain there for a minimum of eight regular-season weeks. That would use up one of Denver’s two IR-return slots. The team also will have running backs Andy Janovich and Theo Riddick sidelined into the season. Both are expected to return from injury fairly early in the regular season, so they don’t profile as IR candidates at this point.

This injury would stand to stunt Lock’s growth, and while it clears the way for Flacco to potentially start the whole season, Denver’s new starting quarterback has dealt with maladies in three of the past four seasons. A torn ACL ended Flacco’s 2015 campaign, a back injury limited him in the 2017 offseason, and a hip problem brought Jackson into Baltimore’s 2018 lineup. Flacco will not play in the Broncos’ fourth preseason game, with Fangio set to sit most of his starters then and in the team’s fifth and final August contest.

As was the case last season, Kevin Hogan is now expected to be the Broncos’ backup. The Broncos used Lock as their No. 2 passer in recent practices and in Monday’s game. They have rookie UDFA Brett Rypien as well, but the Boise State product did not play in either of the team’s past two preseason games and profiles more as a practice squad stash.

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6 comments on “Broncos Considering Drew Lock IR Stay

  1. crosseyedlemon

    No reason for Bronco fans to panic unless a rumor surfaces that Jay Cutler is planning a comeback.

  2. bencole

    Start him anyway and just make him run with the ball until he feels good enough to throw it.

  3. Ironman_4life

    How many quarterbacks is John Elway going to draft or sign before he realizes that maybe this isn’t our guy

  4. Max Jackson

    Elway should’ve just held onto Trevor Siemian and Kyle Sloter. After Keenum failed to live up to expectations, signed Flacco. He could’ve then used that 2nd round pick in other areas like like OL or IL.

    I don’t expect Lock to do all that much this year for the Broncos even once he gets healthy. It’s just Elway pulling more levers (which he did a savvy job of this draft).

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