ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Paxton Lynch took all of the first-team repetitions Wednesday as the Broncos began their on-field work in advance of the regular-season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The second-year quarterback will make his fourth career start Sunday if his ankle holds up through the week of practice.
"He practiced well. He threw the ball well. He was in control of the offense, so that was good to see," Head Coach Vance Joseph said.
Photos from the Broncos' week of on-field preparation for their Week 17 game against the Chiefs. (Photos by Gabriel Christus, unless noted)
Lynch said he felt "good" after the practice, which was his fourth since he suffered the high-ankle injury against the Raiders. He practiced last week and was active against Washington, but did not play.
"I feel ready for Sunday, and I'm ready to go out there and play," he said.
Lynch added that his ankle felt "a lot better" that it did at this time last week.
"The thing is, those ankle injuries are just something that nags around and linger," he said. "You've just got to be able to go out there and play with it and loosen it up a bit. I think last week they wanted to hold me out a little bit."
Three Broncos did not practice Wednesday: wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and Cody Latimer (thigh) and defensive lineman Zach Kerr (ankle). Joseph said Tuesday that he hopes Kerr can return to practice by the end of the week.
Sanders is still "really sore," Joseph said.
"If he's not healthy enough to practice for us, he can't play," Joseph said.
Inside linebacker Joseph Jones (Achilles tendon) and right tackle Donald Stephenson (finger) saw limited work Wednesday.