Denver Broncos: Drew Lock suffers sprained AC Joint

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The diagnosis on Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is an AC joint injury in his throwing shoulder.

The Denver Broncos lost quarterback Drew Lock early in their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Lock got hit and knocked down, landing on his throwing shoulder. He was questionable to return before being ruled out.

The official word on Lock’s injury is that he suffered a sprained AC joint. The expectation is that Lock will miss between 2-6 weeks. In Lock’s place, Jeff Driskel completed 18 of 34 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The Broncos allowed seven sacks against the Steelers. If that sort of thing keeps up, it really won’t matter who is at quarterback for the Broncos. But with Lock out, Denver is going to have to make some adjustments to their roster.

Brett Rypien is currently on the team’s practice squad but we could see him being called up to be the backup to Driskel for the time being. It also makes sense, however, for the Broncos to look to free agency for a backup.

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Who is available for the Broncos to sign?

At this point, the available free agent quarterbacks list is not beaming with excitement. One player who the Broncos could bring in, that had people hoping for, is former Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins’ Josh Rosen. At this point, why not take a flyer on the former first-round pick?

Another option is former Chief Kyle Shurmur. If you recognize that name, you should. Kyle Shurmur is the son of Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

I’m not sure if or how that would work out, but it could be something to consider if you’re the Broncos.

With the Broncos losing their starting quarterback and starting the season 0-2, it’s scary to think about the fact that they face some tough teams. Over their next three games, they will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins (who could have rookie Tua Tagovailoa in at quarterback), and the New England Patriots.