KUSA—If Trevor Siemian could play, he’d start.
He’s not starting so it only follows the second-year quarterback will be inactive for the Denver Broncos’ game today against the Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff for the game at soon-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High is at 2:05 p.m.
First-round rookie Paxton Lynch will be the Broncos’ starting quarterback today. Lynch came off the bench for the injured Siemian last week at Tampa Bay and played well, completing 14 of 24 passes for 170 yards a touchdown and no turnovers.
Austin Davis will serve as Lynch's backup today. Davis is a five-year veteran who the Broncos signed after they released quarterback Mark Sanchez as part of their final roster cuts Sept. 3.
Davis, 27, has started 10 NFL games – eight with the St. Louis Rams in 2014 and two with the Cleveland Browns in 2015. He has 13 career touchdown passes and 12 interceptions while playing for two of the NFL’s worst teams at the time.
Siemian goes to the inactive list with a left shoulder injury as the NFL’s 9th-rated passer with a 99.6 rating through the Broncos’ first four games, all wins. He has six touchdown passes against three interceptions while completing 67.3 percent of his passes. (Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is the league's No. 1-rated quarterback with a 126.3 rating.)
The Broncos want Siemian to take a little more time to heal the AC joint sprain in his left shoulder in hopes he can start Thursday night at San Diego.