The Denver Broncos are expected to start undrafted rookie practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton on Sunday at quarterback against the New Orleans Saints, but the team wanted their starting QB Rob Calaberry, who had been their offensive control coach for the past two years, sources. Told ESPN on Sunday.
Denver felt Calberry had the strongest command of his offense and could run the system better than anyone, sources told ESPN. The league denied the requests that were made throughout the day on Saturday, stating that the Broncos cannot activate a coach for their active roster.
The NFL does not want the coaching staff to be a storage area for potential players.
The Broncos also repeatedly asked the NFL to push Sunday’s game back to Tuesday, so that some of their quarterbacks could come off the Reserve / COVID-19 list, sources told ESPN.
Commissioner Roger Goodell denied the requests, much to the Broncos’ pilgrims who felt the league was unfair, sources told ESPN.
The Broncos’ three eligible quarterbacks – Drew Lock, Brett Ripian and Blake Bourls – were each considered high-risk COVID-19 close contacts and none of the three could be in uniform for Sunday’s game, the team said Saturday night. Announced.
Denver’s statement did not say who the players came in contact with, but sources told ESPN that it was Jeff Driskell’s quarterback. Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and went into the team’s reserve / COVID-19 list later that day.
Sources said Locke, Ripian and Bortles, who are on the practice squad, were kicked off the field early Saturday morning and were asked to remain isolated at home after concerns about concerns arose. , Sources told ESPN. The trio discovered that masks were not worn at one point during contact with Driskel, team sources told ESPN, but it was unclear whether this occurred during practice or the meeting.
There is also a provision for the Broncos to be fined and draft picks for not following the COVID-19 safety protocol, a source ESPN reported.
ESPN’s Jeff Legold contributed to this report.