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Broncos intend to start QB Drew Lock in Week 18

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Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) sets to pass in the second half the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) sets to pass in the second half the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remains in the concussion protocol and is expected to miss his third straight game in Saturday’s season finale.

Drew Lock is expected to make his third straight start against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs in Week 18.

“Right now, Teddy is still in the concussion protocol, so we don’t really have any new information there,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “So it’ll be Drew going forward.”

Bridgewater was injured in Denver’s Week 15 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Lock injured his shoulder in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He missed a series but was able to return to the game. Lock finished 18-of-25 passing for 245 yards and a touchdown in the 34-13 defeat.

“The week will tell,” Fangio said of Lock. “If we have to practice today, obviously he wouldn’t practice. But we’re hopeful that he’ll be able to improve as the week goes and end up being the quarterback.”

Fangio said starting left guard Dalton Risner will also miss Saturday’s game with an elbow injury.

However, the team expects to get back most — if not all — of the 13 players who missed Sunday’s game on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Broncos (7-9) were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday.

–Field Level Media