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Broncos activate Drew Lock off injured reserve

He might upgrade Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and others in Week 13 if he starts.

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock walks off the field before the Denver Broncos take one the Cleveland Browns at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on November 3, 2019. Photo by Joe Amon/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Denver Broncos activated rookie quarterback Drew Lock off the injured reserve list on Saturday in advance of their Week 13 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers. Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has not committed to starting Lock over Brandon Allen yet, but they had to activate him by Sunday afternoon to have that choice. He has been getting first team reps this week, which suggests he will get the start over Allen.

Lock is not someone to roster in re-draft leagues, but he can’t be much worse than Allen for Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and the rest of the Broncos offense. So at least there is the potential for a modest fantasy football upgrade for the skill position players.

Allen has been mediocre since replacing Joe Flacco as the Broncos starter. He had a decent debut, throwing two touchdowns and completing 60 percent of his passes in a 24-19 upset of the Cleveland Browns. He has not exceeded a 45 percent completion percentage in his two starts since, and is coming off a game against the Bills in which he threw for 82 yards.

The Broncos traded up in the second round this past April to draft Lock with the tenth pick of the round. With five games remaining, they won’t get a firm answer on Lock, but with a decent number of potentially quality quarterbacks available in the 2020 NFL Draft, they’ll want to at least start to get an idea of what he brings to the table.