The Denver Broncos will not have their presumptive starting quarterback in the huddle when OTAs open next week.
The team announced Monday that Mark Sanchez underwent surgery over the weekend to repair a torn ligament in the thumb on his non-throwing hand. The injury is likely to keep Sanchez out the start of organized team activities, but he should return in early June.
Sanchez suffered the injury during a weight room session last week.
With the eight-year pro sidelined, first-round pick Paxton Lynch and second-year quarterback Trevor Siemian will get all the snaps to start OTAs. Getting Lynch even more reps than expected, even early in workouts, could help propel his development.
Sanchez's injury, while not reportedly serious, will pump more energy in the Lynch-to-start campaign that is likely to build in Denver as we approach the preseason.