Siemian is day to day
Broncos QB held out of practice with injured left foot
Three days after passing for a career-high 368 yards in an overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian was held out of practice Wednesday because of a sprained left foot.
Siemian injured his foot during the Broncos’ first possession in the overtime period Sunday night but said it “just felt kind of funny.” He finished the game, and it wasn’t until Monday morning that he experienced soreness and swelling.
“A little sore today, but nothing too crazy,” Siemian said Wednesday. “I’m really not looking too far ahead. I want to take it one day at a time and listen to ‘Greek’ (head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos), and just put as much in to each day in getting better.”
Siemian was instructed to wear a boot on his foot “for a few days” and is listed as day to day in his recovery.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak did not rule Siemian out for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, reiterating that the team will assess his progress daily. Kubiak said he would not hesitate to start Siemian even if he does not practice this week, if he’s ready physically.
“Trevor can play without practicing,” Kubiak said. “Trevor is very bright. He’s on top of what we do. That’s not an issue at all.”
Until then, rookie Paxton Lynch and veteran Austin Davis will share practice reps in preparation for Jacksonville.
Siemian is coming off arguably the finest outing of his young career. Although he was sacked five times against the Chiefs, he completed 20-of-34 pass attempts with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 125.6 passer rating. Peyton Manning, who did it four times, and John Elway are the only other Bronco quarterbacks to throw for at least 350 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
For most of the season Siemian has been dealing with a sore left (nonthrowing) shoulder that hindered his mobility in the pocket.
He received a pain-relieving injection before the Broncos’ bye week and returned from the break last week feeling better than he had in previous weeks.
The shoulder is no longer a concern, he said. But the foot certainly is. Lynch played the second half of the Broncos’ win at Tampa Bay on Oct. 2, when Siemian injured his shoulder, and got his first NFL start the following week, against Atlanta in Denver. Lynch completed 23-of35 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown and an interception, and was sacked six times in the loss.
“The fact that we lost is the biggest thing to me,” Lynch said. “I didn’t want to lose my first start, so I just kind of want to go out there and give it another shot, because I didn’t do so well my first time. I knew I could play better, so … I’m just preparing to go out there and play as well as I can.”