How the Broncos QBs tried to idiot the NFL’s COVID protocol, which resulted in Kendall Hinton beginning
The Broncos had one of the most memorable COVID-related issues during the 2020 NFL season when backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for the virus. The other three signal callers from Denver – Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles – were all close contacts from Driskel after hanging out without wearing masks.
Lock called the situation an “honest mistake” at the time. However, it may not be so.
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The Broncos quarterbacks were apparently trying to bypass the league’s COVID protocols, the Los Angeles Times’s Sam Farmer reports. Therefore, the league ultimately refused to let the Broncos postpone the game.
John Elway, Denver’s President of Football Operations, frustrated Goodell on several occasions to postpone Sunday’s game to Tuesday when the quarterbacks would be available. The league declined these requests because a surveillance video from Denver’s facility showed that the quarterbacks had tried to fool the system. They had removed their contact finders and placed them in the four corners of the meeting room, then sat down to watch movies. This close contact automatically made her not eligible to play.
Needless to say, this isn’t a good look for these players. It also explains why the league decided to make an example out of it, despite postponing several other games due to COVID issues.
The Broncos were forced to start training team receiver Kendall Hinton due to the indiscretion of their quarterback room. Hinton had been a college quarterback, so he was Denver’s best option in the position.
His performance was about what you would expect an emergency quarterback to perform. He completed only 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and two interceptions. The Broncos lost 31-3 to the Saints.
The Hinton game will be used as a warning to the league this year. The NFL said in its COVID-related operations for 2021 that “Games will not be postponed or postponed just to avoid squad problems caused by injuries or illnesses affecting multiple players, even within a position group”.