Broncos second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch is expected to miss several weeks with a right shoulder injury, which means fans will see a lot of Kyle Sloter in Denver’s preseason finale on Thursday.
The team originally planned to have Lynch play in the first half and to have Sloter play in the second half against the Cardinals. With Lynch unavailable, Sloter will play the entire game — if he’s able to.
“We’re going to give Kyle a start,” coach Vance Joseph said after practice on Monday. “If Kyle is tying his shoe, we’ll put Trevor [Siemian] in and run the football.”
Second-year receiver Jordan Taylor will serve as the team’s emergency third-string quarterback.
Beyond Thursday, Sloter’s future in Denver is not certain.
The Broncos are expected to bring in a more experienced quarterback to serve as Siemian’s backup until Lynch returns from his injury. Sloter may make the 53-man roster as a third quarterback, but he’s not expected to be the No. 2 quarterback as a rookie.
Colin Kaepernick is the most notable free agent available — Denver has not ruled him out — but the team seems most likely to add another quarterback after NFL teams trim their rosters from 90 players down to 53 players on Friday.
Whether or not Sloter makes the final roster is out of his control, so he’s remaining focused on his first start in the NFL.
“I’m looking forward to it and I haven’t started a football game in a while so that’s going to be fun,” Stoter said Monday. “My family’s going to be out here and they’re going to hopefully enjoy the game. So I’m just going to, like I said, do my best and hopefully put my team in a position to win.”
Denver (3-0) will host Arizona (2-2) at 7 p.m. MT on Aug. 31.