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Broncos quarterback Drew Lock reportedly will miss time due to thumb injury

Mizzou QB Drew Lock taking it one throw at a time at NFL Scouting Combine

Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock talks about the NFL Draft process on Friday, March 2, 2019 at the NFL Scouting Combine.
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Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock talks about the NFL Draft process on Friday, March 2, 2019 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

As far as Drew Lock is concerned, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Lock, the former Mizzou and Lee’s Summit High School star, injured his thumb Monday night during the Broncos’ 24-15 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Denver coach Vic Fangio told the team’s website he considered the injury to be “mild in nature.”

Lock wore a brace on the thumb following the game, the Associated Press reported. X-rays didn’t reveal a break, James Palmer of the NFL Network tweeted.

Although Lock told the Broncos’ website it was a “little sprain,” an MRI on Tuesday revealed it was a “bad sprain,” according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

While Rapoport said surgery won’t be required, he wrote: “(Lock is) obviously going to miss some time.”

After Monday’s game, Lock had said he wouldn’t rush his return.

“I’m definitely going to be careful,” Lock told the Associated Press. “At the same time, the competitive side of me wants to get out there and keep proving myself to these coaches and to my teammates. … I feel like we’ll make a good decision.”

Lock was injured when he scrambled out of the pocket and was tripped by San Francisco’s Marcell Harris.

Here is the play from Twitter user Dov Kleiman:

Lock stayed in the game and threw an incomplete pass that was intended for Trinity Benson.

“The last throw I was like, ‘I’m going to muscle through this. If we get the first down, I’m going to muscle through this drive. But I’m going to get through this one play,’ ” Lock told the Broncos website. “And, shoot, the ball came out of my hand pretty nice after that. That’s a good sign to me: being able to throw right after that. It hurt a little bit, but once I got over here it kind of stiffened up a little bit.”

Lock completed 7 of 12 passes for 40 yards in the game.

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