With the Broncos sitting at 2-6, the team will start playing for the future soon.
Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco will be getting a second opinion on Tuesday following a neck injury Sunday, and could be out for as long as five to six weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He has never played a National Football League regular season game as the Broncos lack significant experience at the quarterback position with Allen and Rypien never playing a game and rookie second-round pick Drew Lock on injured reserve.
That would make Flacco unavailable for the Week 11 Broncos at Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Flacco, who the Broncos traded for in March, has thrown for 1,822 yards and six touchdowns while completing more than 65 percent of his passes so far this season.
A rough season for the Broncos just got worse.
Overall, Fangio added that the 12th-year veteran was disappointed his season is over. "He's kind of surprised because he's not feeling that bad, the doctors are surprised he's not feeling worse based on the MRIs and the tests, etc., so he's frustrated, down a little bit".
"I don't know if surprised is the right word - I've obviously worked for it", Allen said earlier this week, via ESPN.
The Broncos have a bye after Sunday's game.
Brandon Allen will start at quarterback, and Rypien will serve as the team's backup.
Lock could practice up to three weeks before the Broncos have to decide whether to move him to the roster or keep him on injured reserve for the remainder of the year.
"[I'm] very comfortable", Allen said this week, via ESPN.