Just two weeks after suffering a grade three AC Joint Sprain in his non-throwing shoulder, Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will return to the field to face the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football. The Northwestern product sustained this injury in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a couple weeks ago on this play where he was sacked by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.
This injury, it seems, is becoming more and more common. This is the same injury we saw to New England Patriots’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second week against the Miami Dolphins. An AC sprain is one of the injuries that you believe you can tell right away. It usually involves a player slammed hard onto the shoulder. Now, this could be a more serious injury, such as one to the clavicle, but it is usually one or the other.
In relief, we saw rookie QB Paxton Lynch out of Memphis. The Broncos took Lynch with the 26th pick in this year’s draft. After looking pretty solid in the remainder of the game against Tampa Bay (170 yards and a TD), he looked a lost out there against the Atlanta Falcons in week five (223 yards, a TD, and an INT). It is clear that he needs more time to adjust to the speed and the complexity of the NFL game.
I have been impressed with Siemian’s play, for the most part. He’s thrown for over 800 yards in less than four games. He torched a solid defense in the Cincinnati Bengals in week three. I wish he took advantage of the week two match-up against the Indianapolis Colts. That defense has been very poor, and he could only muster up 266 yards and an INT. This may have been nerves from one of his first performances in the NFL, but Siemian has been a guy who has worked extremely hard to get where he is today. He was a seventh-round pick, and beat out a first-round pick and a former first-round pick who has won multiple playoff games. He should be proud of how far he has gotten, but as Tom Brady once said “you don’t come this far to only come this far”.
It should be an easy test for Siemian to return against the Chargers who have been riddled with injuries all season. They, again, could be without their top two starting cornerbacks. Hopefully, he takes advantage of this situation and exploits whoever is tasked with covering Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.