SAN DIEGO (The Sports Xchange) – Trevor Siemian is back in the starting lineup for the Denver Broncos after missing last week’s loss with a left shoulder injury.

Multiple outlets reported Siemian was the starter for Denver, which plays Thursday night at San Diego without head coach Gary Kubiak (migraine).

The second-year quarterback piloted the Broncos to a 4-0 start but was injured in the first half of Denver’s Week 4 visit to Tampa Bay.

Siemian said last week he expected to start, but was inactive as rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch made his starting debut, going 23 of 35 or 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He was sacked six times after the Broncos allowed only four sacks in the first four games.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Siemian’s injury is a Grade 3 AC joint sprain.

“I’ll take it one day at a time and get right (Monday) and ‘Greek’ (trainer Steve Antonopulos) will have me doing some stuff, I’m sure,” Siemian said after the Sunday game.

But he practiced Monday and was back on the field Wednesday before the Broncos bolted for San Diego.

Siemian has a 99.6 passer rating for the season.

“He’s very close,” Kubiak said. “He did everything he could for us all week long, but we had to make a decision that at the end of the week, when it’s time to go, he tried to get there. He worked extremely hard to get there. We just didn’t think he was ready.”


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