Coach Vic Fangio said on Monday the Broncos have brought in a quarterback and the player won’t be able to attend meetings or practice “until Friday or Saturday”.
Jeff Driskel will start Sunday’s home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Brett Rypien expected to serve as a replacement after moving from the practice squad to the roster.Going forward, Bortles should serve as Driskel’s backup.
Bortles, 28, was with the Los Angeles Rams last season and played three games with two attempted passes. A former third draft pick, Bortles spent his first five seasons in the NFL (2014-18) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, appearing in 75 games and totaling 17,646 yards with 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions.
The move comes as the Broncos face a cascade of injuries, including Lock and wide receiver Courtland Sutton in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lock injured his rotator cuff during a first trimester sac by Bud Dupree, and an MRI on Monday confirmed that the first year starter would miss several weeks.
Sutton will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Driskel played 64 of 77 offensive shots in the game as he completed 18 of 34 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
“I thought in light of the circumstances – coming cold, not having a lot of reps during the week – he probably doesn’t have that many [reps] like some of the league replacements because Drew is a young quarterback, ”Fangio said. “Last week was a short week, so reps were down a bit in its entirety. I thought he had done a good job.
“Yes, we can’t wait to do what’s best for Jeff. This is something you always do when you have new players. “