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Following the team’s October 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, naysayers of the Denver Broncos’ early success will relish some Monday morning quarterbacking.

The Broncos (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season, 23-7, but the bigger story may be the loss of yet another key member of the team.

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Teddy TKO $0 Following Denver’s final offensive play of the first half, Bridgewater, who had been under duress for the majority of the first half, was sent to the medical tent on the Broncos’ sideline. Ravens linebacker Odafe Owehon knocked the Louisville product out of the game. Bridgewater was kept in the Broncos’ medical care throughout halftime, and when the second half began, backup quarterback Drew Lock was seen warming up with his helmet strapped on.

Baltimore led 17-7 at halftime, and the Broncos were never a threat after that.

To close out the game, Lock went 12-of-21 for 113 yards and an interception. With seconds remaining in regulation, Lock’s interception came in the back of the end zone, when the game’s outcome was no longer in doubt. The extent of Bridgewater’s injury is unknown, and no one knows how long he’ll be in the concussion protocol, but one thing is certain: key Broncos injuries are starting to pile up, with 2021 looking a lot like 2020.

A tweet from CBS Denver’s Romi Bean demonstrated how long that list has grown.

There are now five offensive starters who have failed to make it through the first quarter of the 2021 season. Locked and Loaded?


Lock’s supporters may argue that his interception should be overlooked as a result of a team desperate for positive momentum in an otherwise hopeless situation, but closer examination of the throw uncovered the ugly tendency that led head coach Vic Fangio to choose Bridgewater in the first place. With 10 seconds left on the clock, Denver was at the Baltimore five-yard line when Lock took the shotgun snap and lofted an underthrown toss to Courtland Sutton, who was blanketed by Anthony Averett.

$0 It was the only time either team had a turnover. Following the Ravens’ loss, Lock told Zac Stevens of DNVR Broncos that Bridgewater has taken him and backup Brett Rypien under his wing to work on their footwork after practices. The interception indicated that there is still a lot of work to be done.

Stevens also mentioned that Lock stated that he is preparing as if he will start when the Broncos face the Steelers on October 10. If that sounds familiar to Lock, it’s because his 2020 season was ruined in Week 2 in Pittsburgh when he tore his labrum/rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

Whoever starts against the Steelers at quarterback will undoubtedly be scrutinized all week, as the Bridgewater injury — and the Broncos’ overall lackluster performance — has prompted numerous questions and a bit of quarterback controversy talk. Follow Tony Williams on Twitter: @TBone8


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