Report: Mark Sanchez Will Miss The Start Of OTAs With A Torn Ligament In His Non-Throwing Hand

Mark Sanchez will miss some time, as he recovers from surgery.

According to Andrew Mason, who works for the Denver Broncos as a Senior Digital Reporter, quarterback Mark Sanchez tore a ligament in the thumb of his left (non-throwing) hand on Saturday. 

The injury reportedly occurred during a team strength and conditioning session in the weight room this past Saturday. Sanchez has already undergone surgery to repair the torn ligament and fortunately, his recovery should be relatively short.

But, as OTAs officially begin on May 24, Sanchez will likely miss the first few days, according to Mason. That means that guys like rookie first-rounder Paxton Lynch and second-year Trevor Siemian will get more reps.

Both players need the extra reps, but for Gary Kubiak, it's a great opportunity to see just how far along Lynch is in his development. By then, he'll have been a pro for almost a month. Not a long time, but Kubiak will get to measure the rookie against veteran involvement. 

Lynch will get time throwing with the first team receivers, in all likelihood. It'll be important to build chemistry with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, in the event that Lynch is called upon to be the starter at some point this year. 

Sanchez's surgery illustrates just how freakish injuries in the NFL can be. And why the onus is on Denver's coaching staff to get Lynch as ready as possible to step in, should Sanchez go down when the games count.

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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