Drew Lock appears like he’ll be sidelined for at least the next few weeks.
The rookie quarterback badly sprained his thumb in the Broncos’ preseason loss to the 49ers on Monday, according to a report from NFL Network, which cites unidentified league sources. Lock will not need surgery but is expected to miss some time, the report says.
An injury to the right thumb of a righty-throwing QB is not good. But the team does have depth in the QB room. https://t.co/6gjxmdQ0s9
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2019
Lock, 22, suffered the injury when he was sacked in the second quarter. He remained in the game for one more play, throwing an incomplete pass, and was removed before the next series.
“The last throw I was like, ‘I’m going to muscle through this. If we get the first down, I’m going to muscle through this drive. But I’m going to get through this one play,’” Lock told reporters after the game (via the team’s official website). “And, shoot, the ball came out of my hand pretty nice after that. That’s a good sign to me: being able to throw right after that. It hurt a little bit, but once I got over (to the bench) it kind of stiffened up a little bit.”
The Missouri product slipped to the second round of the 2019 draft, where the Broncos selected him with the No. 42 overall pick. He has completed 31 of his 51 passes for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception in three preseason appearances.
Lock was listed as Denver’s third-string quarterback behind Joe Flacco and Kevin Hogan on the team’s latest depth chart.
“I’m just trying to learn as much as I can, work, be a good teammate, all of those things you need to do as a (quarterback),” Lock said last week, via ESPN. “I’ve said this is a prime spot to be in, and it is. … I have to concentrate on getting better.”
The Broncos have two preseason games remaining before they face the Raiders in Oakland in Week 1 action Sept. 9.