Earlier this week, the Seattle Seahawks announced Drew Lock would start their second preseason game. Only moments after the announcement did the NFL world learn that Lock tested positive for COVID-19. He missed Seattle's second preseason game on Thursday night, as a result.
It's a big setback for the former Denver Bronco, who's currently competing for the Seahawks' starting quarterback gig with Geno Smith. Smith now has a big advantage over Lock, but that's the least of Seattle's concerns at the moment.
Carroll told reporters that Lock is "really sick" with COVID. It's hit him hard and it's unclear when he'll be able to return to the team.
"Carroll says Drew Lock is 'really sick' with COVID, says it has hit him hard," said Bob Condotta.
"QB updates: -- #Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters QB Geno Smith banged his knee, but could have returned. -- Drew Lock was "really sick" with COVID, per Carroll. He can exit the protocol on Sunday, and the thought was Lock would start in W3, but if he's not healthy...," wrote Ian Rapoport.
Geno Smith is the clear leader in the Seahawks' quarterback competition now. He completed 10 of his 18 passes for 112 yards in the team's 27-11 loss to the Chicago Bears Thursday night.
It's going to be an uphill battle for Lock to return and beat out Smith. First, he needs to get healthy.