Denver Broncos injury update: Brett Rypien to be backup vs Cowboys

Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos will have Brett Rypien back up Teddy Bridgewater against the Dallas Cowboys.

Denver Broncos backup quarterback Drew Lock has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys due to COVID-19 protocols. That will leave former undrafted free agent Brett Rypien as the team’s backup to starter Teddy Bridgewater.

This marks the second time in which Lock has been ruled out because of COVID-19 protocols, and while this situation today is much different, it brings us back to the game against the New Orleans Saints last season when all three of the team’s quarterbacks were ruled out and Kendall Hinton had to fill in at the position.

According to Ian Rapoport, Lock tested negative twice on Saturday but positive on Sunday. .

Despite Teddy Bridgewater being a close contact with Lock, the team’s starting quarterback will be on the field after testing negative on Sunday.

In 2020, Rypien made one start and completed 27 of 40 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. The team really liked him coming out of Boise State in 2018 and was very glad that he was able to sign with them following the draft.

In terms of Sunday’s game in Dallas, it is hard to be very confident in the team this week with the Cowboys’ star offensive players in Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper. I think that unless the Broncos have figured things out in the last week, they’re going to lose, unfortunately.

The Denver Broncos with other injuries

Both of the team’s left tackles have been ruled out of today’s game. Garett Bolles is dealing with a high ankle sprain while Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is dealing with an ankle injury as well.

Calvin Anderson will start in place of Bolles.

Losing Reed is an even bigger blow than before, as the Denver Broncos traded away their all-star, Pro Bowl, future Hall of Fame pass rusher Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams prior to the trade deadline. If Reed can’t go, the team will rely heavily on rookie Jonathon Cooper, who has been a pleasant surprise.