All signs point to the Broncos starting Brock Osweiler at quarterback Sunday at Washington, Mike Klis of 9News reports.
Osweiler is expected to start not because he deserved the promotion after he came off the bench and led the Broncos to a 25-13, come-from-behind win last week at Indianapolis. He is expected to start because Paxton Lynch doesn’t appear quite healthy enough to play the bulk of a 60-minute game.
Osweiler and Lynch split the team reps 50-50 this week, although it’s worth noting Osweiler took the first set of reps.
Broncos’ general manager John Elway and head coach Vance Joseph wanted Lynch to start in the season’s final two games – at Washington on Christmas Eve and the following week against the Kansas City Chiefs on New Year’s Eve — if he was able.
But because Lynch was still favoring his sprained right ankle through the week, he is not expected to start against Washington. There is a really good chance Lynch will start next week against the Chiefs.
“I said on Monday or Tuesday that part of his game is his legs,’’ Joseph said following practice Friday morning – and before the final decision was to be made during an afternoon staff meeting. “We don’t want to put him out there if he can’t use his one of his best attributes. That’s being considered.”
Although the Broncos’ coaching staff in collaboration with Elway were to make their decision on their starting quarterback during a staff meeting Friday afternoon, no announcement was made as the players had already been dismissed for the day.
Joseph has always told his team first who that week’s starting quarterback would be – an all-too-common occurrence this season – before going public with his decision.
The Broncos will practice Saturday morning, then fly out to the nation’s capital.
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