NFL bans Broncos QBs for not wearing masks

The Denver Broncos won’t have any of their four quarterbacks available when they face the New Orleans Saints because of coronavirus concerns.

Starter Drew Lock, backup Brett Rypien and practice squad veteran Blake Bortles were deemed high-risk close contacts with No. 3 quarterback Jeff Driskel on Wednesday, the day before Driskel tested positive for COVID-19.

A person familiar with the league’s investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive topic, said the four quarterbacks apparently weren’t wearing their masks the whole time they were together as required by the league’s pandemic protocols.

In a statement released on Saturday night, the Broncos confirmed reports that Lock, Rypien and Bortles were ordered off the practice field on Saturday and into isolation after being identified as high-risk COVID-19 close contacts.

The Broncos said the three QBs aren’t experiencing any symptoms and have consistently tested negative for the virus.

The Broncos were scrambling to prepare practice squad rookie receiver Kendall Hinton and No. 3 running back Royce Freeman to share snaps at quarterback Sunday when Denver (4-6) hosts the Saints (8-2).

Hinton played quarterback for three seasons in college and Freeman is the team’s emergency QB.

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