- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2020

Broncos safety Kareem Jackson said Denver was used as an example for other teams after coronavirus protocol violations resulted in a practice squad wide receiver playing quarterback during Sunday’s game.

Kendall Hinton, who had played some quarterback at Wake Forest before switching to wideout, played the majority of snaps under center. He finished 1-for-9 with two interceptions in the 31-3 loss to the Saints.

Hinton was in that position because quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were deemed high-risk close contacts of quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. The NFL discovered the four quarterbacks did not wear masks during a film-room session on Tuesday.

“I feel like maybe [the game] could have been moved, but at the same time, maybe the league was making an example of us as far as maybe not doing the things we needed to do in that particular room, that quarterback room,” Jackson said, via ESPN. “Obviously, the guys didn’t follow their protocols, and for [the NFL] to see that, I guess they felt like they had to make an example, so at the end of [the] day, it is what it is.”

The league opted not to move Sunday’s game at the request of the Broncos, despite adjusting the Ravens’ schedule. Baltimore’s coronavirus outbreak — which is more widespread than Denver’s —pushed a Thanksgiving night matchup with the Steelers to Sunday before the game moved again to Tuesday.



Lock, Bortles and Rypien had tested negative during the week, including on Saturday. They would have been eligible to play after quarantining for five days. Instead, the game wasn’t moved, meaning Hinton was pressed into duty.

“Obviously, it’s our guys’ fault for not wearing their masks, but at least maybe move the game to the next day or whenever so we’re given a fighting chance,” Jackson said. “[It’s] obviously disappointing. I’m not sure why it wasn’t moved. I have no clue. … As a competitor, [it is] definitely frustrating.”

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