In a statement Saturday, the Broncos said Drew Lock, Brett Ripian and Black Bortels were identified as “close contacts to the high-risk Covid-19” and must complete a five-day quarantine.
Quarterback Jeff Driscall and wide receiver Dionta Spencer were added to the reserve / covid-19 list earlier this week.
Tight end Many Broncos players, including Noah Fent, reacted to the NFL’s decision on social media.
“I’m not the one to complain, but @NFL y’all probably can’t send us into a game without QB,” Fante said on Twitter. “The most important condition of the crime. We didn’t even get a backup …”
“Does anyone know that Payton Manning is busy tomorrow?
Denver, currently at -6–6 for the season, is set to play a game of 2-2 Saints who have won seven straight games on Sunday afternoon.
The team has not announced a replacement quarterback.