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Trevor Siemian expected to start against San Diego Chargers

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According to Ian Rapoport, Trevor Siemian should be able to start for the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football.

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The Denver Broncos should have Trevor Siemian available on Thursday Night Football when the team travels to face the San Diego Chargers. At least according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

"My understanding is Trevor Siemian is expected to be the starter for the Broncos on Thursday night," Rapoport said. "That really was the plan going into Sunday. Have Paxton Lynch, the first-round quarterback, start, give Trevor Siemian a couple extra days to heal for the Chargers on Thursday night, and then let Siemian go back out there -- deal with some pain, yes -- and of course he does have that separated non-throwing shoulder, which can be painful, but not debilitating as it comes to being able to throw. Plus, it will also give Siemian a full week to prepare for the Chargers whereas Paxton Lynch, the first-rounder, would have had just a truncated week of preparation. So it seems, unless something changes over the next couple days, that it will be Siemian back in as the starter for Denver."

It will be imperative to get Donald Stephenson and Virgil Green back into the lineup, however, because without them Broncos quarterbacks have been sacked 10 times in the last two games. One of those sacks resulted in the injury that caused Siemian to miss Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Both Siemian and Paxton Lynch have been holding onto the ball a bit too long, which is why a healthy offensive line is so important to everything they Broncos want to do offensively. The depth at the tackle position is especially thin, which Green’s absence only exacerbated.

Siemian’s experience should help the Broncos offense get back on track as the team looks to put their first loss of the season behind them.