9. Paxton is back in action. Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (shoulder) is participating in practice on Thursday, NFL Network's James Palmer reported. The injured QB's first day back was Wednesday; he is not expected to be involved in many reps. Offensive tackle Menelik Watson (calf), wide receiver Cody Latimer (knee) and tight end A.J. Derby (shoulder) were each limited.
9. Buffalo Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines (hamstring), guard Richie Incognito (ankle) and safety Jordan Poyer (knee) all missed practice for the second consecutive day.
10. Philadelphia Eagles Larry Doby Authentic Jersey cornerback Ronald Darby was limited again on Thursday with an ankle injury.
11. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas does not have a serious knee injury, coach Sean Payton told reporters Thursday. Thomas missed practice Wednesday, but was seen participating on Thursday.
12. Chicago Bears center Hroniss Grasu (hand) was limited for the second straight day. Grasu hasn't played since Week 3. Guard Kyle Long (ankle) was a full participant after missing practice Wednesday.
13. Dallas Cowboys tackle Lonnie Chisenhall Authentic Jersey Tyron Smith (back/hip) returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday, while defensive tackle Maliek Collins was added to the injury report with a foot injury.
14. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (broken arm) was placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery Wednesday.
15. Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse (foot) and running back Charcandrick West each practiced fully and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee) was limited.
16. Oakland Raiders safety Karl Joseph (groin) didn't practice and punter Marquette King (groin) was limited in preparation for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.
17. Los Angeles Chargers Michael Brantley Authentic Jersey running back Melvin Gordon (foot) and tight end Antonio Gates (knee) were each limited in practice.Denver's 42-point explosion against the Cowboys in Week 2 is a performance that now feels ancient and from another time entirely.
The Broncos sport the NFL's worst scoring offense since Week 3, with a ground game that has fallen apart and a quarterback in Trevor Siemian whose passer rating is third-worst in the league above just DeShone Kizer and Joe Flacco.
Coach Vance Joseph emphatically defended his quarterback this week, saying "it's not a Trevor problem, it's a unit problem," but Siemian on Wednesday put the weight on himself after Sunday's 21-0 loss to the Chargers.
"I wasn't holding up my end of the bargain, so it's tough to get on guys when you're not playing well," Siemian said, per The Denver Post. "I've got to play better, and it starts with me. We have great leadership on offense, Mike Clevinger Authentic Jersey and guys are frankly embarrassed with what we put out there last Sunday. So we got to play better, I've got to play better and everybody knows that."
Siemian has shown he can direct the attack, looking like a star-in-the-making earlier in the year, when the running game was popping and the offensive line was keeping him upright. The past month of game tape, though, shows a young signal-caller struggling behind a faulty front five, constantly throwing under duress and making mistakes in an offense falling apart around him.
Still, Siemian has made his share of crucial errors along the way.
"It's frustrating. I'd be lying to you if I didn't say that, because you know you can play better and you feel like you let your guys down," Siemian said. "You let your teammates down when you don't play well. And, as a quarterback, you touch it every time so it doesn't matter what everyone's doing around you."
The good news for Siemian? The season isn't even half over, with plenty of time to rewrite the narrative. The bad? Denver faces a balanced and proven Chiefs team on Monday night before embarking on a vicious slate of games against the Eagles, Patriots, Bengals and Raiders.