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Paxton Lynch to start over injured Trevor Siemian

This makes us sad.

NFL: Denver Broncos at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In a pretty quick turn of events, Trevor Siemian has gone from likely starting on Sunday to inactive, per several sources, as it seems Siemian’s shoulder injury has not progressed enough to play. Paxton Lynch will get the start for the Broncos.

Siemian exited last week’s win over Tampa Bay early in the ball game after being thrown to the ground on a sack. He was carted off, and later it was announced that he has sprained the AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder. Early reports after the game said Siemian would likely return, and he had participated in practiced late in the week. But it became apparent his shoulder was still severely bruised, per Mike Klis, a Broncos beat reporter. Alas, it looks like the rookie Lynch, who came in to relieve Siemian last week, will get the start in the former Wildcat’s absence.

Klis also mentioned, however, that Siemian could return if deemed healthy enough next week versus San Diego, giving some hope that this is less of a permanent switch and more one out of necessity:

Multiple NFL sources, including several player agents, told 9news that Trevor Siemian would not start against the Falcons because of his shoulder injury. However, sources indicated Siemian, the Broncos’ starting quarterback through their first four games, could be on track to start Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.

Siemian’s meteoric rise to starter was very impressive, and Northwestern fans had latched onto the former gunslinger who played in Evanston from 2011-2014.

Siemian is 68 of 101 for 824 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions this season.