The Broncos had one of the most striking problems associated with COVID during the NFL 2020 season when reserve defender Jeff Driskel tested positive for the virus. The other three Denver signal callers – Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles – all ended up as close contacts with Driskel after spending time together without wearing masks.
At the time, Lock spoke to the situation as if on “an honest mistake.” However, this may not have been the case.
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The Broncos quarterbacks have apparently tried to circumvent the COVID league protocols, reports Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. That’s why the league eventually refused to have the Broncos postpone the game.
John Elway, president of football operations in Denver, has made several frustrated requests to Goodell to postpone Sunday’s game to Tuesday, when the defenders will be available. The league rejected those requests because video surveillance from the Denver institution showed that the defenders tried to deceive the system. They removed their contact tracking devices and placed them in the four corners of the meeting room, then sat down together to watch a movie. That close contact automatically disabled them from playing.
Needless to say, that’s not a good look for those players. It also further explains why the league decided to make an example of them despite postponing several other games due to problems related to COVID.
The Broncos were forced to start receiving Kendall Hinton due to a lack of care. Hinton was a quarterback of the faculty, so he was the best option for Denver in that position.
His performance was roughly what you would expect from an emergency quarterback. He finished just 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and two interceptions. The Broncos lost 31-3 at the hands of the Saints.
The Hinton game will be used as a warning for the league this year. The NFL said its COVID-related operational procedures for 2021 that “games will not be delayed or scheduled just to avoid schedule problems caused by injuries or illnesses affecting multiple players, even within a group of positions.”