As long as Paxton Lynch is healthy, he will start at quarterback in the Broncos' season finale against the Chiefs.

"The plan is to play Paxton," Joseph said Tuesday. "That was kind of the plan last week, if he was healthy enough to play. So this week that's the plan: to play Paxton."

Joseph then specified that the plan was more than just playing Lynch, who Joseph said should have no health concerns this week as he recovers from a high-ankle sprain he suffered in Week 12 against the Raiders.

"He wasn't quite ready last week," Joseph said. "Hopefully he's ready to go this week. That's the plan: to start Paxton this week."

Injuries have limited Lynch's playing opportunities this year. He spent the first half of the season recovering from a sprained shoulder he suffered in the third preseason game, and once he returned to the practice field, he got his first shot at leading the offense in Week 12. Then the ankle injury sidelined him three quarters into his first game action of the season.

But before the season is through, Joseph has made it clear over previous weeks that he and the team want to see Lynch recover in time to show what he can do with a full game.