The future is now.
Siemian was contacted and swung to the ground with tremendous force by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. Siemian landed on his left shoulder.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... He handed the ball off on the next play, then gave way to rookie first-rounder Paxton Lynch on third down. Siemian was carted of the field with what could be a collarbone or shoulder injury.
The Broncos did not pull off the gas pedal with Lynch in the game. On the next possession, Lynch ran the two-minute offense, driving the Broncos to the Tampa Bay 20-yard line. Brandon McManus drilled the 38-yard attempt to give the Broncos a 17-7 lead.
Lynch is 4-of-8 for 47 yards heading into halftime. He operated primarily out of the shotgun and looked comfortable. But it was the two-minute offense.
GM John Elway has been adamant that Lynch was going to be ready sooner than most pundits believed. In a kind of first-ditch effort, we could get a long look at Lynch as the starting quarterback for the Broncos.
At this stage, we don't yet know the extent of Siemian's injury. We'll update as soon as info leaks.
UPDATE: Trevor Siemian is questionable to return with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury. Paxton Lynch will take over and likely finish the game. Siemian is available for emergency purposes, as Austin Davis is inactive.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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