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Drew Lock to Miss Seahawks’ Next Preseason Game With COVID-19

Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock was named the starting quarterback for Thursday’s preseason game vs. the Bears for just a short time on Tuesday.

Shortly after Lock was named the starter for Thursday’s game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 25-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss the game.

Geno Smith will likely start for Seattle on Thursday’s ESPN game. He started for the Seahawks in the team’s first preseason game on Saturday.

At this time, it’s unclear if Lock is projected to start the final preseason game of the year on Friday, Aug. 26 or not.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters Tuesday afternoon that Lock would start in the preseason game despite Smith still being the No. 1 quarterback. The 70-year-old coach has not officially named the regular season starting quarterback, though.

This season marks the first year since 2012 that a new quarterback will start in Seattle. Russell Wilson, who started since ‘12, was traded to the Broncos this offseason. In return, the Seahawks received Lock.

The Seahawks will open up the regular season against Lock’s former team, the Broncos, on Monday, Sept. 12.

In the first preseason game vs. the Steelers, Lock finished with 11 completions out of 15 attempts for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Smith’s stat lines were very similar—10 completions out of 15 attempts for 101 yards.

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