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The Denver Broncos found themselves in a tough spot Sunday. They played without a quarterback. All four quarterbacks, including starter Drew Lock, were inactive after they were all placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Lock’s ‘firey’ mom fired off a lengthy message via Twitter, supporting her son. Drew Lock recently reacted to his mother’s post.

The Denver Broncos played without a quarterback Sunday

Denver Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 mid-week last week. On Saturday, the day before the Broncos played the New Orleans Saints, all three other quarterbacks were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles didn’t test positive but were considered high-risk after being close contacts with Driskel.

The quarterbacks were found to have not worn masks during their team meetings and have taken some heat for not doing so. The Broncos were forced to go with Kendall Hinton, an undrafted wide receiver, at quarterback against the Saints. Things got ugly quickly and the Saints went on to post a 31-3 victory.

Hinton, who was brought up from the practice squad, got the start at quarterback. He completed one of nine passes for 13 yards, taking one for the team. He also threw a pair of interceptions.

Drew Lock’s mother fires off a message in support of her son

Drew Lock and the three other Denver Broncos quarterbacks were forced to watch Sunday’s game from the sideline. The quarterbacks got a lot of negative feedback from fans and even head coach Vic Fangio. “I was disappointed on a couple levels: that our quarterbacks put us in this position, that our quarterbacks put the league in that position,” Fangio said, according to ESPN.

Lock issued a statement via Twitter, apologizing for his actions. While much of that negative feedback insinuated Lock and the rest of the quarterbacks weren’t taking the virus seriously, Lock said that wasn’t the case. “As a proud member of the Denver Broncos, I can attest that our entire team has taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, following the rules to keep each other safe,” he wrote in the statement. “We’re tested daily, get quick results, and are confident our facility is a safe environment for everyone. In a controlled and socially distanced area, we let our masking slip for a limited amount of time. An honest mistake, but one I will own.”

Lock’s mother, Laura, then issued a lengthy message, letting people know her son truly takes COVID-19 seriously. “Shame—shame on the many for thinking that they can speak of others in damning ways,” she wrote. “Here is the truth—Drew and the QB room requested permission to watch film. They came to the facility on their own time to put in more work. His leadership, which seems to be in question by some, brought them to this predicament.” She went on to say the four players tested negative the day they watched film together. “They let their guard down, they did not wear masks the entire time they were in their socially distanced environment…. it’s unfortunate—not damning,” she added.

Lock reacts to his mother’s tweet

Drew Lock apologized for not wearing a mask. He owned up to his mistake. His mother also went to bat for him. Lock reacted to his mother’s recent tweet, calling her a ‘fiery’ woman.

“Moms will be moms, that’s just a fact,” Lock said during Wednesday’s media availability. “They’re going to back up their kid. They’re going to stand up for their kid regardless of the situation. My mom is fiery. There’s never a game where I played bad and wasn’t more scared of her than my dad.

“So, she’s just always been that way. It’s gotten me to this point. She’s taught me a lot of lessons to help get me to the league and she’s just always been fiery. We’ll leave it at that.” Lock has been removed from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and is expected to start Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.


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