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.
DEN QB Joe Flacco - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 3 at Green Bay Packers
In the last-second loss to the Bears on Sunday Joe Flacco threw for nearly 300 yards, with one TD and one INT. With the Broncos playing from behind for much of their first two contests, Flacco has thrown 81 passes, while the team has run just 47 times. The game plan at Green Bay will probably call for more rushing attempts, but expect Denver to be trailing on the scoreboard again, which means Flacco will likely be putting the ball in the air often. Even so, on the road, he remains at best a QB2 play.