Mark Sanchez will miss time after thumb surgery

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The Denver Broncos will begin their offseason team activities without one of their key players. Thanks to thumb surgery in his non-throwing hand, quarterback Mark Sanchez will still be in recovery when the team’s OTA’s starts. According to Mike Kils of Denver’s 9 News, Sanchez will miss at least a few days of team activities.

“Sanchez is expected to be out at least a week, putting his return at least a few days into the team’s OTA’s….Sanchez suffered the injury Thursday during weight room work. He completed the workout, but when the pain persisted he went to see the trainers. He underwent the procedure Saturday in Vail.”

The good news is that this doesn’t seem like a particularly serious injury. There’s no real reason to believe that he’ll be out for anything more than a few days.

The other bit of good news — but not for Sanchez — is that it¬†will give rookie Paxton Lynch even more time to get accustomed to his new offense and teammates. Given that the Broncos see Lynch as a potential starter this season, getting some extra early work in will only help the rookie as he¬†develops into an NFL quarterback.

The bad news, of course, is that Sanchez is a new quarterback to the Broncos. Every day that he spends learning the new offense and getting acclimated to his new receivers will help. Every little bit helps, and even if he’s only going to miss a few days it’s certainly not a good thing — even if it comes with a dose of silver lining for the Broncos.