ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Barring any updated information on quarterback Brock Osweiler's sore shoulder, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Monday "nothing has changed" regarding the team’s quarterback situation.
So when the team returns to the practice field Wednesday, Osweiler is expected to be with the Broncos’ first-string offense in preparation for his sixth consecutive start Monday night against the Bengals. However, Osweiler’s left (non-throwing) shoulder injury could impact how the Broncos structure practice in the coming week. Rookie Trevor Siemian has been the team's backup quarterback the past five games.
“(Osweiler) is sore (Monday)," Kubiak said Monday. “He played through it, he’s sore, but all indications are he’ll be OK. I’d say we’re day-to-day at this point."
On the quarterback rotation in general, Kubiak said, “(We’re) starting over, starting from scratch, no different from last week. Dealing with Brock, see how he’s doing physically, I’ll visit with Peyton (Manning) and we’ll work through that."
Kubiak did not name an official starter for the Bengals game because he had not met with Osweiler or Manning as of early Monday afternoon. Last week Kubiak did not name a starter Monday and the Broncos initially didn't list a quarterback on their media schedule, but after Kubiak spoke to Osweiler and Manning he then said Osweiler would start against the Steelers.
Last week Manning participated in practice for the first time since he was removed in the third quarter of the Broncos’ Nov. 15 loss to the Chiefs. Manning suffered a tear in the plantar fascia near his left heel in the Broncos’ Nov. 8 loss to the Colts. Manning threw during Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practice -- he did some scout team work -- but did not practice Friday because of what Kubiak called “soreness" in his left foot.
For his part, Osweiler injured his left shoulder on a seven-yard scramble with just under seven minutes left in the first half Sunday. He didn’t slide on the play, but still closed out the drive with his third touchdown pass of the game, to Demaryius Thomas.
The Broncos sent Osweiler to the locker room following the touchdown pass, and Siemian took a knee on the Broncos’ final play of the half. Osweiler was examined Monday, including an MRI.
Following the game, Osweiler said, “We still don’t know what happened to my shoulder. ... But my shoulder did not affect my playing in the second half."
Osweiler was 4-for-5 passing, including the touchdown throw to Thomas, immediately following the injury. But he was 7-for-26 passing for 82 yards in the second half, including an interception.
Kubiak was also asked Monday if the team could suit Manning up as the backup if Manning was able to do more work during the week and Kubiak said, “Absolutely, absolutely, we’re trying to work him back to where we feel like he can go play, he can go be himself, that’s been the plan all along. We’re not there yet, nothing has changed. ... (Manning) is doing everything we’re asking him to do and he’s doing it because he wants to do it."