ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos activated rookie quarterback Drew Lock off injured reserve Saturday and waived rookie quarterback Brett Rypien, but the team still isn't naming Lock the starter against the Chargers.
Lock spent the first three months of the season on IR after sustaining a thumb injury in a preseason game Aug. 19 against San Francisco.
In three preseason appearances, the second-round pick (42nd overall) from the University of Missouri completed 31-of-51 passes (61 percent) for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran three times for 28 yards.
Lock threw for the second-most yards (12,193) and third-most touchdowns (99) in Southeastern Conference history during his four-year college career.
Lock got about three-fourths of the snaps at practice this week with Brandon Allen getting the rest. Allen has started the last three games, going 1-2, after veteran Joe Flacco (neck) went on IR.
Still, coach Vic Fangio has declined to say whether Lock will start today when the Broncos (3-8) host the Chargers (4-7), a delay that could be seen as a motivational ploy for Lock, gamesmanship with his opponent or even a sign he's not sold on a switch to the raw rookie.