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Broncos QB Paxton Lynch claims he’s ‘close’ to being ready to return

Paxton Lynch

The Denver Broncos started the 2017 NFL season as a team that appeared to be one of the best in the AFC. Von Miller was leading the defense while quarterback Trevor Siemian seemed to be the right choice at quarterback for new head coach Vance Joseph.

Heading into Week 10, however, this once-promising Broncos team may be well on their way to missing the playoffs for a second straight season. Siemian was recently benched in favor for Brock Osweiler who didn’t do much better under center.

Now the team might be anxiously awaiting the return of Paxton Lynch who went down with a shoulder injury in Week 3. Lynch, was beaten out by Siemian during the preseason, is nearing his return, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post.

“Close. I feel like right now if I was needed to play, obviously I’m going to help the team however I can,” he said. “But that’s up to the training staff to decide. … I think they’ve done a good job with me so far in the training room and my reps and what not. I know they wanted to ease me into it, so it’s what they’re doing.”

Of course, there’s no guarantee that Lynch will help solve their problems at the quarterback position. The 23-year-old couldn’t outperform Siemian who didn’t last long under center after winning the starting job.

Osweiler, who only recently rejoined the team, doesn’t appear to be the answer as he struggled in his first start. The new starter for the Broncos threw for 208 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions as Denver convincingly fell to the Philadelphia Eagles, 51-23.

The Broncos are now sitting at 3-5 on the season without a single win on the road thus far. It won’t get any easier in Week 10 as Denver will host the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots with Osweiler being given the nod for a second straight week.