Drew Lock is doubtful of playing against the Dolphins on Sunday as the quarterback recovers from a rib injury he sustained in Las Vegas last weekend.
Lock did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday. Coach Vic Fangio said the quarterback will rehearse on Friday, although he expects Lock and backup Brett Rypien to split the first-team reps for a second straight day.
“We will see exactly where Drew is, so hopefully by the end of the day (Saturday) we can make a good decision about who will be the starter,” said Fangio. “(We want to see him) throw and operate without showing any effect from the injury. Then also, when he comes in (Saturday), how does he feel … Does he throw it accurately, throw it on time, his movement is changed at all, something like that. ”
Fangio said Lock was “a little sore” on Friday morning after resuming Thursday, and that he “didn’t see too much change” in the labor due to the injury.
In the 37-12 thrashing against the Raiders last Sunday, Lock sustained a rib bruise / strain, and the injury appeared to occur in the second quarter when he was hit by Raider’s defensive end, Arden Key. Lock was clearly uncomfortable after the hit.
Later in the first half, he was drilled just under the chin by defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who was flagged on the play. It was one of many hard hits Lock took in week 10 while under constant pressure from the Las Vegas front.
Lock missed two games earlier in the season due to a shoulder injury he sustained in the week 2 loss in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 2019, he was sidelined for the first 11 games due to a thumb injury sustained in a preseason game. On the off chance that Lock won’t start, Fangio said there is a possibility that Lock is inactive or dressed up as Rypien’s backup.
On Thursday, Lock said he would “like to be” the Denver starter at Empower Field on Sunday.
“I’m going to do it every day with these doctors and trainers and even the coaches,” Lock said. “I’ll let them decide whether they want to play against me or not. Obviously I will give my opinion and it is ‘I want to play’. … In the end it’s not 100% up to me. ”
Tight Noah Fant and backup tackle Jake Rodgers are also questionable for Sunday.