Denver Broncos Announce Negative COVID-19 Tests for QBs, Fans Sound Off

by Jennifer Shea

The Denver Broncos will allow their top three quarterbacks – starter Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles – to play Wednesday after all three tested negative for Covid-19.

The quarterbacks had all landed on the team’s Covid list because they were considered “close contacts” of quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive on Thursday, TMZ reported.

Broncos QBs Return

None of the quarterbacks wore masks when they joined Driskel for an informal film session on the players’ day off, according to TMZ. As a result, all four players were out for Sunday’s game against the Saints.

The Broncos announced their quarterbacks’ return in a tweet Tuesday. “The Qs are back!” the team tweeted.

Football Fans React

Fans quickly jumped in to heckle the official account.

“Can we not get blown out again please,” tweeted James Weber.

“Yeah when can you play w a real qb again,” replied Ryan K.

Other tweeps took a jab at the National Football League and the team’s caution in benching the players. 

“So could have played tonight.. nice NFL,” tweeted Twitter user Sam.

“Thanks for keeping them and us safe, @nflcommish!” The Other Ryan tweeted, accompanied by a picture with a clown nose.

Some fans, however, thought the players hadn’t been cautious enough. They did hang out maskless last week, after all.

“Great now can you make sure they wear their f*cking masks please,” tweeted DJ Ari Foxx. “Sincerely, all of your fans.”

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said the team is still considering a penalty for the quarterbacks, possibly a fine of some sort.

In a statement Tuesday, Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said, “We share in the disappointment of our fans for the challenging and unique situation our team faced at the last minute this weekend.”

“While it’s easy to point fingers, all of us must take responsibility and work together to prevent it from happening again,” he added. “We will learn from this and be ready for the challenge of facing the Chiefs in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Football.”