Canadian-American quarterback Brett Rypien to start for Denver Broncos

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Canadian-American quarterback Brett Rypien will start for the Denver Broncos against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday after Russell Wilson was ruled out due to a concussion.

The fourth-year NFL passer saw action late last week against the Kansas City Chiefs in a relief role, completing four-of-eight pass attempts for 16 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He started one game earlier this year, throwing for 225 yards and an interception in a 16-9 loss to the New York Jets.

Rypien first joined with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and spent the full year on the practice roster. He made his first career start in Week 4 of the 2020 season againt the Jets and threw for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in a 37-28 victory.

The 26-year-old was born in Spokane, Wash. but his father was born in Calgary, meaning he is eligible for dual-citizenship. His uncle, Mark Rypien, led the Washington Commanders to two Super Bowl titles and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXVI.

Rypien was a four-year starter at Boise State where he passed for 13,578 yards, 90 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions while being named three-time first-team all-Mountain West Conference.

The Broncos currently sit fourth in the AFC West with a 3-10 record. The club is currently on a five-game losing streak.