Drew Lock was a full participant in Broncos practice Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right throwing shoulder against Pittsburgh in Week 2.
That’s a good sign for the second-year quarterback’s hopes of returning to start Sunday against New England at Gillette Stadium. Brett Rypien will start if Lock isn’t cleared to play.
“(Lock) got a bunch of reps today, and we’ll take a look at it obviously,” coach Vic Fangio said. “We’ll take a look at the video and it’ll be a decision we evaluate throughout the week.”
Fangio said Lock’s ability to return against the Patriots — with 1-3 Denver in need of an upset to get its season back on track — is “a medical decision, No. 1.”
“And once he gets cleared, my conversations with Drew will play a big part into it,” Fangio said. “And then I’ll make a comparison as to where Drew’s at and where Brett’s at.”
The Broncos are confident in Rypien, who led Denver to a Week 4 win over the Jets in his first NFL start despite three interceptions.
“In light of these weird circumstances (with the game being postponed a week), Brett did get the full week of reps last week for the most part,” Fangio said. “So if we did decide to go with him later in the week, we wouldn’t feel quite as unprepared as normal.”
While Rypien said he’s taking the “same mentality into this week that I had last week,” Lock is eager to prove he’s game-ready.
“The biggest thing for me is to be able to come out and practice and play clean football,” Lock said. “Watching Brett practice all last week in practice, it was extremely clean and he knew what he was doing with the ball… If I show that I can do that just like Brett was in practice, then it will be up to their hands with what they want to do.”