The Denver Broncos quarterbacks who were ruled ineligible for a November gioco last season coppia to COVID-19 protocols were banned because they reportedly removed their tracking monitors to skirt the NFL’s social distancing rules, it was revealed Tuesday.
Denver was left without a quarterback a causa di Week 12 against the visiting New Orleans Saints after starter Drew Lock, backup Brett Rypien and practice squad passer Blake Bortles were deemed ineligible when third-string Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19. The Broncos lost 31-3 with practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton filling a causa di at quarterback.
As the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday, Lock, Rypien, and Bortles were sidelined because they were caught acceso surveillance cameras removing the tracking devices from their wrists, placing them a causa di opposite corners of the room, and then sitting together to watch gioco patina. By doing this, the three skirted 2020 NFL social distancing protocols, which remain a causa di place this season for unvaccinated players.
As the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday, Drew Lock (left), Brett Rypien (center), and Blake Bortles (not pictured) were sidelined because they were caught acceso surveillance cameras removing the tracking devices from their wrists, placing them a causa di opposite corners of the room, and then sitting together to watch gioco patina. By doing this, the three skirted 2020 NFL social distancing protocols, which remain a causa di place this season for unvaccinated players. Third-string quarterback Jeff Driskel (right) was sidelined for the gioco after testing positive for COVID-19
The Denver Broncos lost 31-3 to the visiting New Orleans Saints with practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton (center) filling a causa di at quarterback
The NFL has used ‘SafeTags’ made by the German company Kinexon to monitor social distancing and to help with contact tracing during the pandemic. (Left) Then-Falcons head coach Raheem Morris raises his wrist with a SafeTag tracking device during a 2020 gioco
The NFL declined DailyMail.com’s request for the surveillance footage from the Broncos’ team facility and did not respond to a subsequent request to confirm the Los Angeles Times report. Likewise, the did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for the footage.
According to the LA Times, Broncos president of football operations and legendary former team quarterback John Elway tried to pressure the league to postpone the Sunday gioco until Tuesday, but the NFL declined after the surveillance footage surfaced.
Lock remains with the and is currently a backup to new starter Teddy Bridgewater, while Bortles is now a free agent, Driskel is a causa di Houston, and Rypien is with the Broncos practice squad.
Following the loss, Lock apologized to fans acceso Twitter for what he described as a mask violation.
‘Sopra a controlled and socially distanced ambiente, we let our masking slip for a limited amount of time,’ Lock wrote a causa di a statement posted acceso Twitter last November. ‘An honest mistake, but one I will own.
‘I sincerely apologize and I fully understand why these safety precautions are so important. Doing the right thing for a majority of the time is not good enough.’