Trevor Siemian’s season is over after the Denver Broncos starting quarterback injured his left shoulder in Thursday night’s 25-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts, head coach Vance Joseph said Friday.
Joseph hasn’t decided whether Brock Osweiler or Paxton Lynch will start in the Broncos Christmas Eve matchup against the Washington Redskins, but it appears he’s leaning toward the younger Lynch.
“I’m not sure, we’ve got two healthy guys there,” Joseph said. “We’ll have a staff meeting on Monday morning and kind of see who’s best for us. Obviously Paxton being a young guy, we want to see him play more. So that part will have some bearing there. So we’ll see.”
Siemian left Thursday night’s win in the first quarter after being sacked by the Colts’ Barkevious Mingo. Siemian landed on his non-throwing shoulder and did not return to the game – he had surgery on the same shoulder last offseason.
Joseph said with Siemian now on injured reserve the Broncos “probably” won’t add a third quarterback to their active roster.
Osweiler was superb in relief of Siemian, throwing for 194 yards and two TDs and rushing for an 18-yard score in sparking the Broncos (5-9) to their second win in five days, one that snapped an eight-game road losing streak.
“Brock played really well [Thursday] night, he made some big-time throws, his leadership showed, he played with great poise,” Joseph said. “He took care of the football, that’s going to be a long and hard conversation.”
Lynch, who has dealt with shoulder and ankle injuries this season, has started one game this year, against the Oakland Raiders. He left that game in the third quarter with an ankle injury and was 9-of-14 passing for 41 yards to go with an interception when he left after 33 snaps.
Lynch made two starts as a rookie in 2016. Joseph had said the Broncos wanted to play the players who could “help us win games” to close out the season and not just play young players who needed a look.
“I think where we are with quarterback, we have to kind of see where we are here,” Joseph said. “That’s obviously a major decision moving to the offseason, so that’s different in my opinion, when it comes to the quarterback. Now, we’re not going to forfeit games so whoever’s playing for us, our goal is to win the football game. Whoever is playing Sunday afternoon we want to win the football game, whether it’s Paxton or it’s Brock.”