The Rams signed Bortles off the Broncos' practice squad Tuesday. With Jared Goff (thumb) ruled out for the season finale against the Cardinals, Bortles will return to Los Angeles to serve as John Wolford's backup. Bortles spent the entirety of the 2019 season with the Rams, so he has enough familiarity with the system to be ready if called upon. Meanwhile, Wolford -- who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018 -- will make his NFL debut Sunday.
Bortles is being targeted as a possible backup for the Rams this weekend according to head coach Sean McVay, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. Bortles spent time with the Broncos earlier this season, bouncing between the active roster and practice squad for several weeks. Now with Jared Goff (thumb) ruled out, the Rams may look to bring in the veteran, who spent the 2019 campaign in Los Angeles. Currently, the only other quarterback on the Rams' active roster is John Wolford.
Bortles was restored from the practice squad COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Drew Lock and Brett Rypien also were activated from the list. Bortles continues to reside on the practice squad. He has a slim chance of handling any meaningful snaps with the Broncos behind Lock, Rypien and Jeff Driskel (illness) on the organizational depth chart.
Bortles was placed on the practice squad COVID-19 list Saturday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. Bortles was a high-risk close contact with an infected person, likely teammate Jeff Driskel, who tested positive this week for COVID-19. Drew Lock and Brett Rypien have also been deemed close contacts and have been placed on the same reserve/COVID-19 list. None of those quarterbacks will be available for Sunday's game versus the Saints, so Kendall Hinton will start under center.
The Broncos signed Bortles to the practice squad Monday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Bortles was released by the Broncos on Saturday, but he'll stick around as a scout team quarterback. The Broncos will push forward with Drew Lock as their starting quarterback, Brett Rypien as the backup and Jeff Driskel as the No. 3 option. If any of the three get hurt, Bortles likely will get called up again.
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