Siemian is day to day

Bron­cos QB held out of prac­tice with in­jured left foot

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

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.”

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