Broncos Rookie Drew Lock Returning To Practice This Week

The Denver Broncos are bringing rookie quarterback Drew Lock back to practice Tuesday to see if he’s going to be able to play this season.

The second-round draft pick from Missouri went on IR to start the season after spraining his right thumb in an Aug. 19 preseason game against San Francisco.

His return will start a 21-day clock in which the Broncos (3-6) must decide whether to put him on the active roster or send him back to IR, ending his season and delaying his evaluation until 2020.

It’s that three-week window that prevented coach Vic Fangio from bringing Lock off IR two weeks ago when Joe Flacco (neck) went on IR and 27-year-old waiver wire claim Brandon Allen led Denver past Cleveland 24-19 in his first NFL start.

Fangio didn’t want the 21-day clock ticking on Lock during the Broncos’ Week 10 bye, so he waited until this week to bring him back.

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