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Broncos Injury Report: Paxton Lynch among players returning to practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Quarterback Paxton Lynch took to the field with his teammates for the first time since suffering a sprained right shoulder on Aug. 26 as the Broncos began their preparations for the Kansas City Chiefs with a "jog-through" session Wednesday.

Wide receivers Cody Latimer (knee) and Isaiah McKenzie (sprained right ankle) and right tackle Menelik Watson (calf) also took part in the practice. Watson "should be on track" to play in Kansas City on Monday, Head Coach Vance Joseph said.

Lynch has been steadily increasing his workload for nearly two weeks since beginning throwing sessions, but Joseph said he was "not sure" of Lynch's exact timeline, as the Broncos continue to exercise caution given the nature of the injury.

"It depends on Paxton. It depends on his health," Joseph said. "Right now, he's thrown the last week and a half with a little soreness, not much. It's his first day back tomorrow with a real football practice, so we'll see."

The Broncos welcomed back some of their injured players as they began preparing to take on the Chiefs on "Monday Night Football." (Photos by Gabriel Christus unless noted)

While they practiced, tight end Jake Butt was held out of the session after being "a little sore last week," Joseph said. Butt is seven days into a 21-day window during which the Broncos have to decide whether to move him onto the 53-man roster or keep him on the non-football injury list for the rest of the season.

Butt practiced last week for the first time since he suffered a torn ACL while playing for Michigan in the Orange Bowl last December.

"He is progressing fine," Joseph said. "He had a good week last week. Again, he hasn't played football in a long time, so we're trying to ease him back so he doesn't have any setbacks." ,P> Inside linebacker Todd Davis was also not at practice because of a sprained ankle suffered against the Chargers last Sunday. Davis "is doing OK," Joseph said after practice.

"The swelling is getting better, but he's still really sore," Joseph said, adding that he was not sure whether Davis could recover in time to play against the Chiefs.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who missed last week because of an ankle injury, was also held out of practice Wednesday.

"He's sore, but he's trying," Joseph said. "He's a tough dude, so if he can go, he will."

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