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Drew Lock to miss Week 9 due to COVID-19, Brett Rypien will be Teddy Bridgewater’s backup

Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Baltimore Ravens at Empower Field At Mile High on October 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos will be without backup quarterback Drew Lock in Week 9 due to COVID-19 protocols. On Sunday morning, the team formally ruled him out along with Noah Fant and Netane Muti.

The Broncos face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9 with Teddy Bridgewater starting at quarterback. In Lock’s absence, Brett Rypien will serve as Bridgewater’s backup.

Losing the backup is never a good thing, but the bigger issue for the Broncos on Sunday is Fant’s absence. Albert Okwuegbunam was already questionable with a knee injury, but is expected to start in Fant’s absence. Okwuegbunam gets a valuable opportunity and given how shallow the tight end position is for fantasy football managers, this will be something to watch heading into Week 10 waiver wire decisions.