Nov 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) throws the ball under pressure from Las Vegas Raiders strong safety Johnathan Abram (24) in the fourth quarter at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 37-12.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Broncos QB Lock has bruised ribs but no fractures

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock has bruised ribs but no fractures were found, according to reports Tuesday.

ESPN and NFL Network reported that Lock has significant muscle strains as well as the bruising.

It is unclear if Lock will recover in time for Sunday’s game between the Broncos (3-6) and Miami Dolphins (6-3).

Lock was injured in last Sunday’s 37-12 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. He threw four interceptions and took a fierce beating during the contest and X-rays were taken of his ribs.

If Lock can’t play versus Miami, Brett Rypien is the likely starter, though Jeff Driskel also is a possibility.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Monday that if Lock misses too much practice time, he may go another direction per the starter.

“That will definitely enter into the equation,” Fangio said. “We definitely want Drew to have a good week of preparation so he’s ready to play the game. So that could enter into the equation as we go through the week.”

Lock has passed for 1,497 yards and seven touchdowns but has also thrown 10 interceptions. He missed two starts earlier this season due to a shoulder injury. Driskel and Rypien each started one game during that span.

Also, Denver waived cornerback Davontae Harris. He had 39 tackles in 23 games (seven starts) over the past two seasons for the Broncos. He also played three games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018.

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