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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Friday that quarterback Drew Lock has a “50-50” chance to start Oct. 11 against the host New England Patriots, but if Lock isn’t ready to play as he recovers from a shoulder injury Brett Rypien will start.
Rypien made his first career start Thursday night in the Broncos’ 37-28 win over the New York Jets. It was the second game Lock missed since suffering a right (throwing) shoulder injury in the first quarter of the Broncos’ Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Drew is, I think, 50-50 to make it this week and I’m being totally honest with that statement,” Fangio said. “We’ll see how he progresses here by Tuesday, by Wednesday, and see where he’s at.”
Later when asked if Rypien would get the start against the Patriots if Lock wasn’t yet ready to play, Fangio simply said: “Yes.”
The Broncos will return to practice Tuesday. And either quarterback will be making his first start against a Bill Belichick-coached defense.
Rypien finished 19-of-31 passing for 242 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions against the Jets.