The Denver Broncos have reportedly lost their starting quarterback for at least a couple of games. Drew Lock hurt his shoulder against the Pittsburgh Steelers and left the game, as the Broncos lost with Jeff Driskel in for the remainder of the contest.
Lock underwent a MRI, and it was determined he'll be out at least two weeks with a bad rotator cuff strain, with the Broncos hoping to have him back by at least Week 8, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. Driskel will start for Denver, as he went 18 of 34 for 256 yards with two touchdowns and an interception replacing Lock in Sunday's loss.
Lock sustained the injury with 7:42 remaining in the first quarter after he was hit by Bud Dupree with Denver threatening to score. The hit caused a fumble that set up Pittsburgh's first touchdown, a two-yard run by James Conner. Lock immediately headed to the locker room after sustaining the injury, and he was replaced by Jeff Driskel. Driskel started against the Steelers as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 of the 2018 season and spent the 2019 season with the Detroit Lions. Despite the Broncos' plans to keep him inside the pocket, Lock was still the recipient of several hard hits by Pittsburgh's defense in the first quarter. Lock's hand was hit by Steelers linebacker Devin Bush on an inside blitz prior to being hit by Dupree.
Lock was in a sling after the game, and he told reporters that he didn't know much about the injury. All he knew was that it felt "funny" trying to throw the football after the injury occurred. Driskel stepped in for Lock and completed 18 of 34 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the 26-21 loss. He was sacked a total of six times, but did keep the Broncos in the game until the very end.