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Drew Lock injury: Could Broncos QB miss Week 5 vs. Patriots?

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The New England Patriots will host the Broncos in Week 5 at Gillette Stadium, but will they be playing against Denver quarterback Drew Lock on that Sunday afternoon?

Lock suffered a shoulder injury in the Broncos' Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lock is expected to miss between two and six weeks.

The matchup between the Patriots and Broncos is three weeks from now on Oct. 11, which is on the early side of the timeline that Schefter is reporting. Backup quarterback Jeff Driskel replaced Lock on Sunday.

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Lock entered the 2020 NFL season with high expectations after a strong finish to his 2019 rookie campaign. But the Broncos are now 0-2 after two weeks and injuries continue to pile up for them.

Denver already is without star linebacker Von Miller for the whole year because of a torn Achilles, and No. 1 wide receiver Courtland Sutton (shoulder) has not played in the first two games. Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay reportedly is out two to four weeks with a toe sprain, too.

It's quite possible that the Patriots will face a banged up Broncos team in Week 5 -- New England's final game before its Week 6 bye.