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Broncos place rookie QB Drew Lock on injured reserve

Vincent Frank
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos rookie second-round pick Drew Lock will enjoy a redshirt 2019 season. The Missouri product suffered a right thumb sprain during the preseason.

While it initially looked like Lock would avoid injured reserve, the Broncos placed him on that list Monday. This will likely end Lock’s rookie season before it even starts.

Lock could have been back within a few weeks. However, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has noted that he’s nowhere near ready to play. That’s what likely led to Monday’s decision.

Denver waived quarterbacks Kevin Hogan and Brett Rypien during the weekend before picking up Brandon Allen from the Los Angeles Rams.

The team is still likely in the market for a veteran quarterback behind starter Joe Flacco. This news magnifies that need.