All three quarantined Broncos quarterbacks test negative again

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The Broncos had to play a game without a quarterback on Sunday because one quarterback, Jeff Driskel, tested positive for COVID-19 and the other three quarterbacks on their roster all had to quarantine because of close contact with Driskel. But none of the three quarterbacks caught the virus from Driskel.

Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver reports that Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles all tested negative in the latest round of testing, as they have every day, and are now cleared to return.

That means if the NFL had delayed the Broncos’ game until tonight, rather than forcing the Broncos to play with practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton at quarterback, the Broncos would have their quarterbacks on the field.

The Broncos are not happy with the NFL for forcing them to play under those circumstances, but the quarterbacks themselves bear plenty of blame, as they were together in a meeting room without masks, in violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.

Lock is expected to start at quarterback for the Broncos on Sunday night against the Chiefs.

23 responses to “All three quarantined Broncos quarterbacks test negative again

  1. I agree that Broncos bear some of the blame, but it seems so do the Ravens and Titans and those games were moved.

  2. Nfl screwed then over twice this year. Now that they don’t have a media darling QB, the nfl has put them in the “we will make an example of you” category.

  3. Still haven’t seen a good explanation as to why Baltimore has gotten so many chances and postponements, but Denver didn’t.

  4. The league decided to make an example of the Broncos. Since they weren’t following protocols, I have no problem with that. But, there were a lot of people in the last few days talking around it, and trying to explain that it was about certain rules and not making an example. While some of what they said was certainly true, it can also be true that the league made an example of the Broncos due to the rules in place. Both can be true, as they are not mutually exclusive. Yet, there were a lot of folks on TV, radio, and the internet yesterday trying to talk around it and say the league was not making an example of them. They were, and they should have, as it may be the only way to get teams (and specific players) to wake up a little more.

  5. My two cents: People are hating on the Ravens as though they got special treatment above the Broncos, but the reality is the Ravens-Steelers matchup is what got special treatment. The league valued that game occurring versus being a forfeit. Forfeit means complete loss of TV and ad revenue. Pushing it back to where no new cases are being reported for at least a couple days is a pretense of safety, but really it’s about making sure no games are lost.

    Honestly, a forfeit is the only truly safe and responsible thing to do without disrupting the schedules overall. The Ravens should have had to forfeit. There are actually possibly lives at stake here, like it or not.

  6. PS- someone please explain to me why the league would be “favoring” the Ravens in any situation. Because they don’t want to upset that plum #26 market revenue??

  7. They need to be tested until they’re positive. Until then we won’t be satisfied.
    #media

  8. flaccodelic says:
    December 1, 2020 at 9:57 am
    My two cents: People are hating on the Ravens as though they got special treatment above the Broncos, but the reality is the Ravens-Steelers matchup is what got special treatment. The league valued that game occurring versus being a forfeit. Forfeit means complete loss of TV and ad revenue. Pushing it back to where no new cases are being reported for at least a couple days is a pretense of safety, but really it’s about making sure no games are lost.

    Honestly, a forfeit is the only truly safe and responsible thing to do without disrupting the schedules overall. The Ravens should have had to forfeit. There are actually possibly lives at stake here, like it or not.
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    The Ravens have had 22 Covid cases since their last game against the Titans, so they have nobody to blame but themselves. And as for the game getting special treatment, it is now being played at 3:40 on a Wednesday afternoon – not exactly primetime, other than it pre-empting Judge Judy or Dr. Phil.

  9. Steelers-Ravens was a national game. Saints-Broncos was a regional game going to maybe 1/3 of the country at most. Guess The NFL felt the game with better ratings was more important. Still doesn’t excuse what happened Sunday with Denver, though.

  10. blkandgld4eva says:
    December 1, 2020 at 10:20 am
    flaccodelic says:
    December 1, 2020 at 9:57 am
    My two cents: People are hating on the Ravens as though they got special treatment above the Broncos, but the reality is the Ravens-Steelers matchup is what got special treatment. The league valued that game occurring versus being a forfeit. Forfeit means complete loss of TV and ad revenue. Pushing it back to where no new cases are being reported for at least a couple days is a pretense of safety, but really it’s about making sure no games are lost.

    Honestly, a forfeit is the only truly safe and responsible thing to do without disrupting the schedules overall. The Ravens should have had to forfeit. There are actually possibly lives at stake here, like it or not.
    —————————————————————————————
    The Ravens have had 22 Covid cases since their last game against the Titans, so they have nobody to blame but themselves. And as for the game getting special treatment, it is now being played at 3:40 on a Wednesday afternoon – not exactly primetime, other than it pre-empting Judge Judy or Dr. Phil.

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    It looks like you missed the part where I said the Ravens should have had to forfeit. That would have been a severe punishment for them that helped the Steelers, FYI. Problem is, that would have hurt the league’s TV revenue bottom line. That’s why they are kicking the can down the road as far as possible. They won’t have anywhere near the ratings at 3:40p that they would have on Thanksgiving, but every team in the league won’t lose a little slice of their money as result, which is what would happen in a forfeit.

  11. scubasteve says:
    Still haven’t seen a good explanation as to why Baltimore has gotten so many chances and postponements, but Denver didn’t.
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    Yes, you have. You and all the other conspiracy theorists that throw a fit like siblings who think their brother got a bigger cookie just refuse to listen.
    With regard to COVID, the NFL doesn’t care about competitive balance, nor should it. The NFL is a business that cares only about proceeding with commerce without having the whole thing come tumbling down like a house of cards.
    If there appears to be the possibility of an outbreak on a team, and it’s safer to push a game back than take a chance on playing with a bunch of infected guys, that’s what they do. They perform many tests for a couple of days and proceed from there.
    But if there is a small group of players that did something dumb and broke protocols — like in this situation, or in Las Vegas for example — but it appears contained to just them and an outbreak doesn’t seem imminent, the league proceeds with the game.
    It’s that simple. No favoritism, no conspiracy theories, no unfairness, just a business decision designed to keep the season going.

  12. The Ravens caused this mess, and yet they are coming out of it smelling like a rose. Extra days to prepare, at the expense of the Steelers, who now play their next game on Monday, while the Ravens play on Tuesday. Shouldn’t it be the other way around NFL? Can’t wait to see the “punishment” the NFL metes out, based on what I’ve seen so far, the NFL will be giving the Ravens more draft picks, and a salary cap credit.

  13. The Ravens and Titans had positive cases on a daily basis, so the extent of the outbreak was unknown, and the games were moved. Broncos had a single case, and close contacts were ruled out. I’m sure if Broncos had positive cases every day, the league would have moved the game. Not saying it’s right, just my understanding of the situation.

  14. The only football justice that could possibly apply in the Ravens-Steelers game is that the Steelers beat the Ravens by 50-60 points. If I were John Elway, I might be wondering what I have to do to get a fair shake around here, while Harbaugh basically plays Goodell like a fiddle to get his 2 running backs back for this game and Jackson for the one following by a bunch of nonsense involving canceling a practice and then saying his players needed a practice for their own safety before playing Pittsburgh. The next thing will be his agitating to get an 18th week and extra playoff spot for his team that would otherwise not make the postseason. This is how he and the ravens roll.

  15. Had the Broncos quarterbacks followed basic protocols, they wouldn’t have been in that predicament. What does further discussion accomplish? Take your L (they did, and honorably at that) and move on

  16. Obviously Broncos and individual players are responsible for opening Pandora’s and creating a situation which required isolating until negative results could be confirmed. Equally obvious: close contact with an infected person does not automatically result in infection. Be responsible not hysterical.

  17. The Broncos were punished because their quarterbacks understand that the protocols are a joke. They violated them all and none of them tested positive. You still have to follow them if you want to play football, though.

  18. Fair is fair. The Ravens should have had to play with a hastily assembled scab team on Thursday night on National TV.

  19. This entire season needs an asterisk…..even the eventual Super Bowl winner can’t really feel like it was that special. This year is all about what teams managed Covid the best…not football.

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