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Broncos will be patient with Paxton Lynch as he begins throwing program

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos will continue to take it slowly with quarterback Paxton Lynch's return from a right (throwing) shoulder injury he suffered in the Broncos' preseason win over the Green Bay Packers.

Lynch, however, has done some light throwing this week, the first time he has thrown on the field since the suffered the injury. The Broncos signed Brock Osweiler, who spent four seasons with the Broncos before he signed with the Houston Texans in free agency in 2016, as Trevor Siemian's backup just before the start of the regular season.

Osweiler's experience both as a starter as well as his previous work with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, when both were together in Denver during Osweiler's rookie year in 2012, allows the Broncos to be as patient as they want to be with Lynch.

Asked after Wednesday's practice about the quarterback's potential return, Broncos coach Vance Joseph said: "Paxton doesn't have a timeline, he threw for the first time [Wednesday], really short, short throws, like five or seven yards. Again, it's a right shoulder injury, it's his throwing shoulder so we want to be careful with that."

Asked if there was still a possibility Lynch could require some kind of surgery if his current rehab work doesn't get him back to full speed, Joseph added "I can't say, I'm a football coach."

Lynch was the Broncos' first-round pick in 2016. He spent his rookie year as Siemian's backup and started two games last season when Siemian missed one game with a left shoulder injury and one game with a foot injury.

The two quarterbacks split time with the starters throughout the offseason program and deep into the preseason before Siemian was officially declared the winner of starting job for the second consecutive year.