ENGLEWOOD—Paxton Lynch will get No. 2 quarterback reps in practice this week to gauge where he is physically with his right shoulder injury, sources tell 9NEWS.

If Lynch is proven physically fit, he could back up starting quarterback Brock Osweiler on Sunday when the Broncos play the Cincinnati Bengals in Denver. In fact. Lynch may have got first-team reps Wednesday as Osweiler did not throw. League sources told 9News that Osweiler has a minor chest injury and was held back as a precaution. Osweiler is still expected to start against the Bengals.

Trevor Siemian, who beat out Lynch during the preseason to become the Broncos’ season-opening starter, could slip to No. 3 quarterback if Lynch passes his physical tests.

Lynch, the Broncos’ first-round draft pick last year, has been sidelined since suffered a sprained right shoulder in a preseason game Aug. 19 against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif.

He returned to practice October 25, but he has been eased into his throwing regiment. Joseph said Monday that Lynch had only progressed to making intermediate throws and had not yet been unleashing long passes.

Perhaps, Lynch has been cleared for full activity as he enters his fourth week of practice.

The Broncos are 3-6 and currently mired in a five-game losing streak in which they have been outscored by an average of 19 points. Lynch had two starts as a rookie in 2016 but hasn’t played since December 4 of last year.

Should the Broncos suffer their 7th or 8th loss in 2017, it would be a surprise if the team did not give Lynch some playing time. Broncos general manager John Elway and Joseph likely need to get a better evaluation of Lynch before deciding whether to address their quarterback situation, or stand pat, during the offseason.