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Rypien set to be Broncos' third starting QB in 4 games

Field Level Media
30 Sep 2020, 10:19 GMT+10

Denver quarterback Brett Rypien will start the Broncos' Thursday game against the New York Jets, coach Vic Fangio announced Tuesday.

"We're going to start Brett, but we do have the ability to mix Jeff (Driskel) in there if we feel like we need to," Fangio said.

Driskel started last week after replacing injured starter Drew Lock (shoulder) in a Week 2 loss at Pittsburgh.

Rypien entered Denver's Sunday loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in relief of Driskel, who was sacked 11 times in two games. Rypien went 8 of 9 for 53 yards, and his only drive ended with an interception in the red zone. Rypien signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State in 2019.

"We've had a year and two training camps with Brett, and we think he deserves a chance to see what he can do here as the starter," Fangio said. "Other than the last throw on Sunday -- which was a bad throw and a bad read -- he played pretty good in there, so we want to see if that can continue."

Rypien will line up behind an offensive line without Elijah Wilkinson. The starting right tackle is expected to be placed on injured reserve with a fractured shinbone, adding to the team's injury woes.

Driskel was sacked six times by the Steelers in Week 2, when he entered off the bench because Lock left the game. He was also knocked down 11 more times in that game.

The team placed Jurrell Casey (biceps) and linebacker Austin Calitro (hamstring) on IR Monday following their 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers. Also on the list are cornerback A.J. Bouye, linebacker Mark Barron, defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones, linebacker Von Miller and wide receiver Courtland Sutton.

This season, a trip to injured reserve means a player must miss at least three games before he can return to play. Wilkinson started all three games for Denver (0-3) and didn't miss a snap.

Demar Dotson is Wilkinson's backup on the depth chart.

Wilkinson, 25, has played in 39 games (22 starts) over four seasons in Denver.

Fangio did have some good news on the injury front on Tuesday. He said running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) is close to returning and that Lock is "doing good in his rehab" but definitely will miss the Thursday game.

--Field Level Media

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