Quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and also Blake Bortles were pulled off the Broncos technique field Saturday and sent house after the NFL regarded them risky close get in touches with of Jeff Driskel, who evaluated favorable for the coronavirus on Thanksgiving Day.
It turns out, the four Denver QBs had actually collected for some movie research study by themselves Tuesday, the gamers’ day off, “which is extensive,” trainer Vic Fangio stated after Denver’s 31-3 loss to New Orleans on Sunday.
Yet the four QBs didn’t use their mandated masks or maintain their social range, something the league uncovered in looking at security footage. None were allowed to play against the Saints.
pic-1910399-text-Drew Lock throughout technique recently
A hr prior to kickoff, Lock provided an apology, a description and also a protection in a lengthy Twitter message.
” In a socially distanced and regulated location, we allowed our masking slip for a restricted amount of time. A straightforward blunder, however one I will certainly own,” Lock created, including, “I truly ask forgiveness as well as I totally recognize why these safety and security precautions are so important. Doing the ideal point for a bulk of the time is unsatisfactory.”
Fangio, whose team was up to 4-7 with Kendall Hinton as the emergency starter at QB, stated he was “let down on a couple of levels” that his quarterbacks’ activities put his group and also the NFL right into a difficult placement.
” We count on them to be the leaders of the team and leaders of the infraction and also those individuals made a mistake and that is unsatisfactory,” Fangio claimed. “Obviously, I haven’t done a sufficient work of selling the methods to them when they are on their very own so component of that can fall on me. I thought I was.
“We have actually highlighted it a lot as well as we’re truly doing good with COVID approximately this factor … relative to various other groups. There was a stopping working there which’s frustrating.”
When the organization notified the Broncos that their QBs had broken COVID-19 protocols and had to quarantine, the Broncos pleaded with organization commissioner Roger Goodell to postpone their game versus the Saints a day or 2.
Making that disagreement were Fangio, that was fined earlier this period for not putting on a mask on the sideline, and 2 executives generally supervisor John Elway and group president Joe Ellis who were infected by the virus previously this month.
” I seem like perhaps it can have been relocated, however at the exact same time, perhaps the league (was) simply making an instance of us,” said safety Kareem Jackson.
Fangio demurred when asked if the NFL’s rejection to push the game back was unreasonable, claiming that was a question for Elway or Ellis.
” Terribly unfavorable,” Elway published on Facebook after the league disqualified his three healthy quarterbacks.