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November 29, 2019
After taking first-team reps all week, all signs are pointing to rookie Drew Lock coming off Injured Reserve to start for the Denver Broncos on Sunday
Lock has been on injured reserve since spraining his throwing thumb in the preseason. He was designated to return two weeks ago, allowing him to practice and opening a three-week window to be activated to the 53-man roster.
Brandon Allen, who has started Denver’s last three games after the season-ending injury to Joe Flacco.
Had Allen not fallen so hard on his face and made the organization look incompetent last week in Buffalo, the team likely would have activated Lock to the 53-man roster this week and kept him as a backup until Week 16. But Allen was just that bad.
Allen, who was claimed off waivers on Sept. 1 from the Los Angeles Rams, has posted a 1-2 mark over the last three games for the Broncos (3-8).
Allen completed 10 of 25 passes for 82 yards and an interception in Sunday’s 20-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
If Lock starts Sunday or at any point this season, he will be the seventh quarterback to start a game for the Broncos since the beginning of 2016 and a chance for the team to evaluate his status for 2020.