The Denver Broncos will promote second-year quarterback Brett Rypien from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, according to KOA Radio’s Brandon Krisztal. Rypien is expected to serve as Jeff Driskel’s backup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.
After promoting Rypien, Denver now has four quarterbacks on the active roster. The Broncos decided not to place Drew Lock on injured reserve, which would have ruled him out for at least three weeks. If Lock heals quickly, he could possibly return in fewer than three weeks.
Blake Bortles isn’t ready to serve as the No. 2 QB this week after signing Thursday. Bortles is a likely candidate to serve as a backup in Week 4.
When Lock and Joe Flacco were injured last season, Rypien served as the backup behind Brandon Allen for three games. Rypien signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State last year. He is yet to appear in a regular season NFL game.