The NFL has decided to bring about a new ruling regarding the signing of players from testing protocols after Denver Broncos sustained a major quarterback crisis recently.
Back in late November, Broncos were upfront with a major dilemma. Following several COVID-19 cases within the team, all four of their quarterbacks Jeff Driskel, Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were ruled out and they had to resort to pitting wide receiver Kendall Hinton as their QB against New Orleans Saints.
The four Broncos QBs were ruled out after Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 and as Lock, Rypien and Bortles were seen together with Driskel in a film session without masks, they were deemed ineligible to play as well.
Moreover, a request to postpone the Saints match was denied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
NFL allows practice session quarterbacks to join and/or tryout another team without testing period
On Saturday, the league decided to bring about a new regulation to counter any similar issue in future. In case all the quarterbacks of a team are ruled ineligible, they can sign another from a different team’s practice session, without any need of the mandatory six-day testing period.
However, the quarterback who will want to join or try out a new team will still have to travel privately and also undergo a rapid test before entering the different contingent.
On the other hand, clubs are now allowed to have upto ten tryouts per week, doubled from previous maximum of five.
The change was made public on Twitter by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, who also shared the entire memo released by the league announcing the change.
Broncos were handed their ninth loss this season on Saturday as Buffalo Bills thrashed them 48-19. Lock completed 20 out of 32 passes, covered 132 passing yards with a touchdown pass. They are currently third in AFC West and will face Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday at the SoFi Stadium.