Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco will not be playing next week against the Cleveland Browns due to a herniated disk in his neck.
Coach Vic Fangio said backup Brandon Allen will start Sunday when the Broncos (2-6) host the Browns (2-5). Fangio said he’ll decide this week between two rookies as the backup: second-round draft pick Drew Lock, who is on IR with a right thumb injury, or undrafted QB Brett Rypien, who is on the practice squad.
Flacco said he’s been dealing with a sore neck for a while and he was getting it worked on between series Sunday. Fangio said Flacco will be evaluated after the bye in two weeks but was hopeful he wouldn’t be placed on IR.
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