Broncos quarterback Drew Lock questionable to play Sunday against Dolphins with rib injury

Drew Lock is questionable to play Sunday against the Dolphins as the Broncos quarterback is mending from a rib injury he suffered last weekend in Las Vegas.

Lock didn’t practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday. Coach Vic Fangio said the quarterback will again practice Friday, although he anticipates Lock and backup Brett Rypien splitting first-team reps for a second straight day.

“We’ll see exactly where Drew is so we can make a good decision, hopefully by the end of the day (Saturday), as to who will be the starter,” Fangio said. “(We want to see Lock) throwing and operating without showing any effects of the injury. Then also, when he comes in (Saturday), how he feels… Is he throwing it accurately, is he throwing it on time, is his motioned altered at all, anything like that.”

Fangio said Lock was “a little sore” on Friday morning after resuming throwing on Thursday, and that he “didn’t see too much altering” in Lock’s delivery due to the injury.

In the 37-12 drubbing to the Raiders this past Sunday, Lock suffered a rib bruise/strain, and the injury appeared to occur in the second quarter when he was hit by Raiders defensive end Arden Key. Lock was in obvious discomfort following the hit.

Later in the first half, he was drilled right below the chin by defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who was flagged on the play. It was among the many hard hits Lock took in Week 10 while under constant duress from the Las Vegas front.

Lock missed two games earlier in the season due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the Week 2 loss in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 2019, he was sidelined the first 11 games due to a thumb injury suffered in a preseason game. In the chance Lock doesn’t start, Fangio said Lock could either be inactive or dress as Rypien’s backup.

On Thursday, Lock said he “would like to be” Denver’s starter on Sunday at Empower Field.

“I’m going to take it day-by-day with these doctors and trainers and even the coaches,” Lock said. “I’ll let them make a decision on whether they want to play me or not. Obviously, I’ll give my opinion and it’s, ‘I want to play.’… In the end, it’s not 100% up to me.”

Tight end Noah Fant and backup tackle Jake Rodgers are also questionable for Sunday.

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