Bronco notes: Siemian stays in at QB; McKenzie out as returner

Dec 3, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. 
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If for no other reason than he’s tired of changing quarterbacks, Vance Joseph is sticking with Trevor Siemian.

Siemian had one of the rougher games of his career Sunday at Miami, but he will start this Sunday against the New York Jets at eventually-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Siemian finished 19 of 41 for 200 yards with a pick six and two other interceptions against the Dolphins.

In giving Siemian another chance, Joseph bypassed Brock Osweiler, who will serve as the No. 2 quarterback against the Jets, and Paxton Lynch, who has already been ruled out for a second consecutive week with a high ankle sprain to his right, push-off foot.

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“I can’t speak to Trevor’s confidence,’’ Joseph said Monday. “I can say he has to play better. We had some missed throws yesterday, we had some missed reads and we had some plays that we missed that we had open. He has to make those plays for us, but I can’t speak to his confidence.

Trevor, in my opinion, is a confident guy. He had a good week of work, so I can’t speak to that. Simply has to play better.”

McKenzie benched again

Joseph said that while he still believes Isaiah McKenzie has a bright future, the rookie will not return punts the rest of the season. Jordan Taylor will handle the task after McKenzie fumbled away a punt return into a 2-point safety Sunday against the Dolphins.

“I understand,’’ said McKenzie, who had muffed five other punts before fumbling. “I understand why he’s doing it, I understand I’ve made some mistakes here and there. Sometimes, I feel like it cost us. So, I understand completely what’s going on.’’

Wolfe facing possible IR

Derek Wolfe’s neck injury involves a nerve issue as he has been experiencing numbness along one side of his body.

“We’re exploring every option with him, including IR,’’ Joseph said, referring to season-ending injured reserve.

Wolfe missed the game against the Dolphins because of the neck injury. There is optimism right guard Ron Leary can return from his lower back injury this week and nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. is day-to-day with a strained MCL in his left knee.