Denver Broncos Fine Drew Lock, QBs After COVID-19 Debacle, Fans Sound Off

by Will Shepard
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Denver Broncos starting quarterback, Drew Lock, has been fined by the team for testing positive for Covid-19. Lock and the three other quarterbacks failed to wear masks in a quarterback meeting.

This lead to the team being without all of their active quarterbacks for last Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The Broncos head coach, Vic Fangio, on Wednesday, explains the team’s decision to fine all four quarterbacks.

“We fined them following the same fine schedule that we’ve had with other COVID violations with other players throughout the season,” Fangio said.

Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles were all placed on the Reserve/Covid-19 list after Jeff Driskel tested positive. The three quarterbacks were all considered high-risk, close-proximity contacts. However, Lock did apologize for his actions. Fangio further explains the team protocol moving forward. But Lock’s mom still had words for the team.

Lock Fined by the Broncos

Nonetheless, the team fined all four quarterbacks.

Fangio further explains the team protocol moving forward. He also says that quarantine is difficult.

“One thing we’re going to do today, and we’re going to do it on a day-to-day basis, Blake is not going to come into the building today from home after the virtual meetings,” he said.

Although earlier in the season, he had said that the team doesn’t want to quarantine any quarterback. That sentiment has certainly changed. Now, the team is taking a day-to-day tactic with Bortles. Going forward, the team will limit Bortles’ exposure to other quarterbacks, including Lock.

Fangio then talks about moving on from the past week’s silly mistake.

“I think we’re in a position to move past this. Obviously, the meetings today have been virtual. We haven’t seen the players yet. But I believe the guys are ready to move past this. It was a mistake. We paid a price for it with what happened with the game. It’s time for all of us to move on.”

QB Shortage Incites Twitter Response

Fans went nuts during the lead up to Sunday’s game. None of the players were happy either. Taking to Twitter to voice their complaints with the NFL, they all sounded off. Even the Broncos try to make light of the situation.

For example, rapper, Quavo, did his best to make the team.

While next week, the Broncos still might be without Lock and the other quarterbacks, there is hope. The Broncos signed a fifth quarterback this week.