The Denver Broncos don’t want to play another game without a proper quarterback amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Last season during Week 12, all of the Broncos quarterbacks were ruled out due to the NFL’s virus protocols for Denver’s Sunday, November 29 game against the New Orleans Saints.
Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 while Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were found to have been close contacts and maskless near the confirmed case. Receiver Kendall Hinton was activated from the practice roster and he completed 1-of-9 passes for 13 yards with two interceptions in a 31-3 loss.
To avoid being without a QB again, Fangio has designated Rypien as the quarantined quarterback as the highly transmissive Omicron variant spreads throughout the United States and around the world.
“He was not in the meetings, he was in virtual meetings. And when he was out on the field, he was under strict orders to not be near anybody,” Fangio said.
Rypien started one game for the Broncos in 2020, throwing for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in a 37-28 victory over the New York Jets. He has been with the team for three seasons after signing with Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and earned approximately $2 million so far.
The 25-year-old was born in Spokane, Wash. but his father is a native Calgarian, meaning he is eligible for dual-citizenship via jus sanguinis in Canada. His uncle, Mark Rypien, quarterbacked the Washington Football Team to two Super Bowl titles and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXVI.