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Kubiak: Trevor Siemian is our starting quarterback

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian remains day-to-day with a shoulder injury, but won't lose the starting gig if healthy.

"Trevor is our starting quarterback," coach Gary Kubiak said Monday, via The Denver Post. "Hopefully he's going to be OK. ... We feel fortunate with Trevor. We'll be day-to-day here"

Kubiak added that Siemian has a non-throwing sprained shoulder: "He's just really, really sore going through that throwing motion."

Siemian got crushed early in the Broncos win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, leaving before halftime after getting tossed to the ground by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald -- the third sack he took on the day. Siemian stood on the sideline the entire second half and would have returned in an emergency situation.

Paxton Lynch took over and comfortably guided the Broncos to the 27-7 victory. The rookie displayed a huge arm, solid poise and good athleticism on Kubiak's designed rollouts. Lynch finished 14-of-24 passing for 170 yards and a touchdown.

"I don't think it was too big for him," Kubiak said of Lynch's performance.

Lynch's solid play could have allowed Kubiak to turn to his big-armed, first-round draft pick.

The coach is comfortable going back to Siemian. The second-year signal-caller showed he could push the ball vertical in Weeks 3 and 4 after coaches employed a more conservative game plan the first two games of the season.

"Obviously they're both good players. ... Probably going to need them both. It's just the nature of the business these days," Kubiak said of his quarterbacks.

With a defense as impenetrable as the Broncos employ, Kubiak has the advantage of winning without Pro Bowl play from the quarterback position.

We didn't expect Lynch to sit on the bench the entire season. For now, however, Kubiak is comfortable letting his rookie learn mostly from the sidelines unless injury forces his hand or Siemian's play slips southward unexpectedly.

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