Broncos Brett Rypien during training camp
Sep 9, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien (4) and quarterback Jeff Driskel (9) during practice at UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have been hit hard by the injury bug through the first three weeks of the 2020 NFL season. That included starting quarterback Drew Lock going down for multiple weeks due to a shoulder injury.

After initially playing well in Lock’s stead during the team’s Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, veteran Jeff Driskel struggled this past Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Driskel has now been benched in favor of a former undrafted free agent for Thursday night’s Week 4 game against another winless team in that of the New York Jets.

Brett Rypien to start Week 4 for the Broncos

A former standout quarterback at Boise State, Rypien surprisingly went undrafted back in 2019. He has not thrown a pass in a single regular-season game since.

However, there has to be some confidence from Broncos general manager John Elway and Co. that he manage the game against a bad Jets team come Thursday evening.

The 24-year-old Rypien was absolutely tremendous in his four seasons as the Boise State starter. He threw for north of 13,500 yards with 90 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

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Denver Broncos injury issues

The injury Lock suffered back in Week 2 is just another example of the issues Denver has had with star players staying on the field. It’s been something to behold.

  • Von Miller: This former Super Bowl MVP is on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury during training camp practice. He could return late in the season.
  • Courtland Sutton: After sitting out Week 1 with a separate injury, this Pro Bowl wide receiver suffered a torn ACL back in Week 2. He’s lost for the season after putting up 1,112 yards as a sophomore back in 2019.
  • Phillip Lindsay: Yet another former Pro Bowler, Lindsey suffered a turf toe injury back in Week 1. He has missed each of the past two games, but is expected to return Thursday night against the Jets.
  • A.J. Bouye: A big-time acquisition in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars this past offseason, Bouye went down back in Week 1 with a shoulder injury. He’s currently on injured reserve.

As for the quarterback position, Denver did sign veteran Blake Bortles last week. It’s too early in his tenure with the team for the former Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick to start. However, Bortles should be active Thursday evening.

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