The Denver Broncos ran into a peculiar situation on Sunday, the likes of which the NFL has not yet seen occur. The Broncos went to battle with the New Orleans Saints without a true quarterback suiting up for Sunday’s game.
The Broncos were unable to dress a quarterback for the game due to a COVID-19 scare that caused the team to place three quarterbacks on the reserve list.
Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were ruled ineligible due to the league contact tracing protocols. The three quarterbacks had been in close proximity with fellow quarterback Jeff Driscoll, who was recently diagnosed with the highly contagious virus.
Without a true quarterback eligible to play, the team turned to practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton. Hinton, a collegiate quarterback at Wake Forrest, got the start and it did not go well.
The Broncos were blown out by the Saints with a final score of 31-3. It was a lot to ask of Hinton to switch positions in the middle of game week against one of the NFL’s best teams. Hinton completed only one of his nine pass attempts for 11 yards. He also gained seven yards on the ground as the Broncos mainly focused on their running game against the Saints.
NFL Fans Call For Elway to Suit Up
Numerous Bronco fans took to social media to express dismay over the team’s performance. Some also took the opportunity to praise legendary NFL Quarterback John Elway. Many fans, whether serious or joking, say they want to see Elway come out of retirement and suit up for the team. With the three quarterbacks expected to remain on the COVID-19 reserve list, it might not be the worst idea to suit up the now 60-year-old Elway.
Here are some of the best social media reactions to the Broncos current quarterback situation.
If Mike Tyson can box tonight, John Elway should be able to start at QB tomorrow!#BroncosCountry— Broncos Outsider (@BroncosOutside) November 29, 2020
Who I want to see play QB in an emergency situation tomorrow for the Broncos:— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) November 28, 2020
1.) Jay Cutler
2.) John Elway
3.) Jake Plummer
I’d like to see the Saints play tomorrow. The Broncos should start John Elway if they have to 😂— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) November 28, 2020
Been waiting my whole life for this moment! “Von ELWAY”. Ima passing QB don’t need to run much! Ankle is good for QB pic.twitter.com/Kc3ww0fOkp— Von Miller (@VonMiller) November 28, 2020
For fully selfish reasons, I would love to see John Elway lace em up one last time as the Broncos QB on Sunday— Erik JohnSilent Night (@erikjohnsen6) November 28, 2020
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