Broncos rookies Drew Lock, Noah Fant appear to escape serious injury vs. 49ers

Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock was slated to get some extended playing time in the second half of Monday’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.

But he delivered a scare in the third quarter when he came up from a tackle holding his throwing hand, having apparently injured his right thumb. He did not return to the game he was expected to finish.

X-rays negative

The initial report doesn’t show significant damage, with MIke Klis of 9 News in Denver reporting that X-rays came back negative. There are no reports on whether testing has been done to determine ligament damage.

Lock is expected to sit behind Joe Flacco this season, but the Broncos spent a second-round pick on the rookie expecting him to eventually take over the starting job in Denver. Any setback to his progress would be a blow.

It was the second close call for a high-profile Broncos rookie on the night. First-round tight end Noah Fant left the game with an apparent ankle injury early in the game. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it is not considered serious.

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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 08: Victor Bolden #13 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Jalen Collins #32 of the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at New Era Field on August 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 08: Kyle Lauletta #17 of the New York Giants throws a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as James Burgess #58 of the New York Jets defends during a preseason matchup at MetLife Stadium on August 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 08: Chase Daniel #4, Mitchell Trubisky #10 and Adam Shaheen #87 of the Chicago Bears look on prior to a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on August 08, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 08: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard (81) breaks a tackle against the New York Jets for a touchdown during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks to throw against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Kenny Young, left, sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Damiere Byrd (14) pulls in a touchdown pass as Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Jeff Richards (29) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jazz Ferguson, left, celebrates after he caught a pass from quarterback Paxton Lynch (2) to score a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jermaine Grace (53) runs after intercepting a pass thrown by Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver C.J. Board (16) goes up to make a catch against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett (34) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler (18) celebrates with teammates, including Wayne Gallman (22) and Rhett Ellison (85), after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates his field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars with teammates James Hurst, letft, and Morgan Cox during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Tennessee Titans' Kalif Raymond, front right, is knocked out of bounds by Philadelphia Eagles' Jeremiah McKinnon during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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