Broncos backup QB Jeff Driskel placed on COVID reserve list

Team confident there are no contact tracing issues with starter Drew Lock or other QBs.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The relentless COVID virus has struck the Broncos again.

Veteran reserve quarterback Jeff Driskel is going on the league’s COVID-19 list Thursday. Driskel started one game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in relief of the injured Drew Lock in week 3, served as back up to Brett Rypien in the Broncos’ win against the New York Jets in week 4, and has been inactive since.

Broncos officials started working through Driskel’s COVID case at 4 a.m. Thanksgiving Day with NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills. Driskel has no symptoms, feels completely healthy and was surprised to be placed on COVID list, a source told 9NEWS.

It was determined Driskel did not have any contact tracing concerns with the team’s other quarterbacks and the Broncos were cleared to practice Thursday in preparation of their game Sunday afternoon against the New Orleans Saints.

“The other quarterbacks were only on there a minimal amount, like 2 minutes some seconds, four minutes,’’ said Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. “And that’s over a three- or four-day period. So they thoroughly checked those guys that were on the 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes and they came back and said nobody else needs to go on the list.”

Driskel joins Broncos defensive lineman Shelby Harris and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell on the current COVID list. Harris is…

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