Drew Lock won't be serving as Teddy Bridgewater's backup on Sunday against the Cowboys as the Broncos have ruled the quarterback out due to COVID-19 protocols, the team announced. Currently, it's unknown if Lock's placement on the reserve/COVID list is due to a positive test or if he was a close contact. With him sidelined, Brett Rypien will serve as Bridgewater's backup.
Lock is the third member of the Broncos to be placed on the reserve/COVID list leading up to this game, joining tight end Noah Fant and offensive lineman Netane Muti. Coach Vic Fangio noted this week that both Fant and Muti are vaccinated, meaning they needed to receive two negative COVID-19 tests separated by 24 hours to be activated. While neither was able to accomplish that, Fangio did note this week that "they both have minor, minor symptoms."
Meanwhile, Lock hasn't seen much action this season after losing the starting job to Bridgewater after a training camp battle. He did appear in Denver's Week 4 matchup against Baltimore after Bridgewater suffered a concussion. In that game, he completed 57.1% of his passes for 113 yards and an interception.
On top of these players missing Week 9 due to COVID protocols, Denver will also be without tackle Garett Bolles after he missed all of practice this week due to an ankle injury.