ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Quarterback Brock Osweiler was limited during Wednesday's practice because of a right shoulder injury, but he does not expect that to prevent him from playing Sunday against the Bengals.
"I trust the trainers. I trust the doctors [and the] coaching staff, and I think they really wanted to be very cautious today, to keep some inflammation down," Osweiler said. "I'll be out there [Thursday] slinging the football around, and ... I'll be ready to go on Sunday."
Osweiler said the injury occurred early in last week's loss to the Patriots. He played through it, even though he said that he "knew right away something was wrong."
"We were in the red zone," he said. "I scrambled left. I threw the ball away. I got pushed to the ground and unfortunately, I just have a little injury, but it's no big deal."
Head Coach Vance Joseph said that Osweiler was limited to passes of "5 to 10 yards" because of a sore shoulder, leaving the practice repetitions to be divided between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.
Lynch saw first-team repetitions on passing downs, Joseph said, while Osweiler handled first-team work for running plays.
The work was significant for Lynch, who threw deep passes for the first time since he sprained his right shoulder in a preseason win over the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 26.
"It was really just up to the trainers, and I think they did a really good job with me, kind of easing me into it at first, and then taking a break and just rehabbing it and then kind of sticking to the plan of progressively getting stronger," Lynch said. " I think they did a good job with that."
The Broncos had brought Lynch along slowly in recent weeks, gradually increasing his work to the point where he was throwing intermediate passes last week.
The Broncos' preparation for the Bengals is underway. (Photos by Gabriel Christus unless noted)
"He threw the ball fine. He had command of the huddle," Joseph said. "It's practice. It should look good in practice."
When asked whether Lynch could play Sunday, Joseph replied, "I would say, 'Yes.'" However, he indicated that he had not decided whether Lynch or Trevor Siemian would be the backup behind Osweiler.
"We've got a long week to go here," Joseph said. "We want to get Brock back out here and see where he's at and continue to monitor Paxton and see where he's at on Friday or Saturday,"
The Broncos also practiced Wednesday without two of their three tight ends on the roster, as A.J. Derby and Jeff Heuerman sat out because of shoulder and knee injuries, respectively. Joseph said practice-squad tight end Austin Traylor could be promoted to the 53-man roster if the need arises.
Right tackle Donald Stephenson, who has missed the last four games because of a calf injury, saw limited work. Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Cody Latimer were also limited; Thomas has a knee issue, while Latimer has an Achilles tendon injury.
Cornerback Aqib Talib, nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. and running back Jamaal Charles received veterans' rest days Wednesday. All are expected to return Thursday.