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Report: Broncos will place rookie quarterback Drew Lock on the short-term injured reserve

Tough break for the Broncos second-round pick.

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According to General Manager John Elway, the Denver Broncos will place rookie second-round quarterback Drew Lock on the short-term injured reserve.

This means that Drew Lock will be out the first eight weeks of the season before being eligible to be activated come week nine. Lock is dealing with a severe hand sprain that he suffered against the 49ers during the preseason that is expected to be keep him sidelined for 6 to 8 weeks according to Elway.

This is a tough blow to Lock who needed all the development he could get this offseason. It will also likely hurt the Broncos knowing what they have in their rookie second-rounder before heading into the 2020 offseason.

WIth Lock going to the IR-R and Hogan and Rypien both being cut, the Broncos are back in the backup quarterback market. Veteran Brian Hoyer has been rumored but other options are out there via free agency, the waiver wire, and potentially even a trade.

We’ll soon find out how this quarterback situation all shakes out as the Broncos head into week one of the 2019 regular season.