It sounds like Trevor Siemian will return for the Broncos on Thursday

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Trevor Siemian, who has all of one NFL snap under his belt, is in the driver’s seat for the Broncos’ starting QB job. (Photo courtesy of Denver Broncos)

Trevor Siemian will likely return against San Diego on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Denver Broncos)

Who will play quarterback for the Denver Broncos this Thursday against the San Diego Chargers? The signs point toward Trevor Siemian, who missed Sunday's game with a separated left (non-throwing) shoulder.

On Monday, reporter Ian Rapaport went on the NFL Network and dropped this nugget:

"My understanding is Trevor Siemian is expected to be the starter for the Broncos on Thursday night. That really was the plan going into Sunday. Have Paxton Lynch, the first-round quarterback, start, give Trevor Siemian a couple extra days to heal for the Chargers on Thursday night, and then let Siemian go back out there — deal with some pain, yes — and of course he does have that separated non-throwing shoulder, which can be painful, but not debilitating as it comes to being able to throw. ... So it seems, unless something changes over the next couple days, that it will be Siemian back in as the starter for Denver."

Then, at Broncos' media availability Tuesday, Siemian told reporters that he's made progress and is "expecting to play."

Broncos interim coach Joe DeCamillis, who's filling in for Gary Kubiak against San Diego, wouldn't make any guarantees.

Barring a setback, though, it sounds like Siemian will start.

Rookie Paxton Lynch made his first regular-season start Sunday and struggled. The Broncos could really use Siemian under center again, which is not a sentence I envisioned writing in July.

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