Broncos boss John Elway told reporters last night that rookie quarterback Drew Lock would be placed on injured reserve today because of his preseason thumb injury. That will keep him from practicing for at least six weeks and out of at least eight games, so they’ll have to find a backup for Joe Flacco since they released Kevin Hogan yesterday.
Elway also said that tight end Jake Butt and running back Theo Riddick would join Lock on injured reserve today, giving them three roster spots to add, in addition to any shuffling they may want to do with waiver claims.
The Broncos will need a backup to Flacco. Lock's season isn't lost the team said. He'll be able to do everything other than be on the football field, so the team expects him to learn the offense and understand what's going on.
Jake Butt erased any worry with a solid performance in a football return of nearly one year in the making. Butt said he “felt good” on 11 snaps played with two receptions for 17 yards. He took on blockers, split out as a wide receiver on some plays and showcased quick feet in route running, albeit in a small sample size.
Butt had a false alarm when he limped off the field after his first play. Butt is further down the Broncos depth chart with Fant projected as the team's TE1. But, several injuries to the tight ends and the still unknown potential of Fant present Butt an opportunity to move up.
Oct 05, 2018 · 6:11 PM EDT
Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (knee) took full practice reps again Friday. With Jake Butt out for the year, Heuerman’s snaps (88%) and targets (7) spiked in Week 4, so he has entered the streaming conversation.