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Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, left, confers with newly-signed quarterback Blake Bortles as he stretches at NFL football practice Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Blake Bortles To Steer Clear of Denver Broncos For Rest of Season

Denver Broncos quarterback Blake Bortles will spend the season’s remainder in isolation after the weekend’s calamitous situation against New Orleans.

Denver was routed 31 – 3 by the Saints after Covid-19 protocols ruled out all four of their quarterbacks on Sunday.

The Broncos started practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton at quarterback against the Saints. He went 1-for-9 for 13 yards and two interceptions.

To ensure this doesn’t happen again, Denver isn’t taking any more chances with it’s quarterback. Blake Bortles is the victim.

 

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“One thing we’re going to do today and do it on a day-to-day basis: Blake’s not going to come into the building today from home after the virtual meetings,” head coach Vic Fangio said.

For the rest of the season, Blake Bortles will practice on his own and have all of his meetings virtually. He’ll only be allowed into the team facility to eat and for mandatory Covid-19 tests.

While he’s in the building, he’ll have to stay away from his teammates. If he is called on to play, it’s likely his game will suffer. It’s a harsh individual fate for what was a team failing in Denver.

Along with Bortles, Drew Lock and Brett Rypien have also been removed from the reserve/Covid-19 list. Jeff Driskel continues to isolate.

The Broncos face the possibility of forfeiting a future draft pick over this incident in which mask protocol wasn’t followed. The team was already fined $250,000 earlier this season while Vic Fangio was fined $100,000 for the same thing.

 

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“We share in the disappointment of our fans for the challenging and unique situation our team faced at the last minute this weekend,” said Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis. 

“While it’s easy to point fingers, all of us must take responsibility and work together to prevent it from happening again.”

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