Injuries: Trevor Siemian expects to start Thursday

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  • By Mark E. Ortega NFL.com
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Trevor Siemian expects to start Thursday night.

A collective decision will be made later in the week on Siemian's availability against the Chargers, NFL Network's James Palmer reported Tuesday. General manager John Elway will be involved in the decision.

Siemian has been a limited participant in both of Denver's practices this week, and was the only player wearing shoulder pads during practice on Tuesday.

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis -- who is taking over for a recovering Gary Kubiak this week -- said the Broncos could take up to game time to determine if Siemian will start, Palmer added. Siemian expected to play this past Sunday, but rookie Paxton Lynch played in his place. Lynch is getting some reps in practice in case Siemian can't go.

The Broncos quarterback left Week 4's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after injuring his left shoulder. He missed last week's game against the Falcons, though he practiced in the week leading up to the game.

Here is some other injury news we are tracking on Tuesday:

1. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed some good work with the training staff Monday, but remains in concussion protocol, coach Ron Rivera said. Rivera added he does not wish to speculate at this point about Newton's availability for Sunday's game against the Saints.

2. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has been cleared to return to practice after a concussion forced his removal from a Week 4 loss to the Rams. Palmer missed Thursday night's game against the 49ers the following week.

3. The results from Tony Romo's MRI on his back came back as expected, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 FM The Fan. Jones added there is "no more concern" about Romo's injury. Week 8 against the Eagles remains the target return date for the veteran QB.

4. The Steelers have ruled out Cameron Heyward (hamstring) and Shamarko Thomas (groin) for Sunday against the Dolphins.

5. The Rams were awarded former Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz off waivers. He'll help as star cornerback Trumaine Johnson recovers from a high-ankle sprain that should force him out for a few weeks, Rapoport reports.

6. Saints safety Erik Harris underwent surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus he suffered while picking off Drew Brees in practice Monday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source.

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