The sight of No. 3 slinging the ball around at practice was unquestionably a positive sign for his potential availability against the New England Patriots.

But Lock being able to throw a football without pain will only be part of the equation on whether or not the Broncos will have their starting quarterback return after suffering a badly bruised shoulder in Week 2.

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Zac Stevens was born and raised in Denver, went to the University of Denver and now covers the Denver Broncos. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from DU in 2014, Zac worked for the Cleveland Browns as a remote scout. He then jumped straight into the journalism industry at the beginning of 2016 covering the reigning world-champion Broncos and joined DNVR soon after. Catch him on Twitter @ZacStevensDNVR and daily on the DNVR Broncos podcast as the co-host.