The Denver Broncos want to see Paxton Lynch play before the season is done, and they're willing to wait a little longer to see if that will be Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Coach Vance Joseph said after Thursday's practice that the Broncos' choice at starting quarterback either against the Redskins or on New Year's Eve against the Kansas City Chiefs might simply boil down to Lynch's injured ankle.

"I'll say this: Our goal is to see him play before the year is out. We've got two more games," Joseph said. "My concern is: Is he healthy enough to play at a high level? He's got an ankle injury. He hasn't practiced in three weeks. He's a quarterback who can use his legs when he's in danger. I want to make sure he's right. ... That's the issue, that's why we're taking our time trying to figure out if he can play."

Joseph didn't name a starter Thursday, and the Broncos split the work with the first-team offense between Brock Osweiler and Lynch, as they had done Wednesday. Lynch was limited both Wednesday and Thursday with the injury he suffered Nov. 26 against the Oakland Raiders.

Wednesday was Lynch's first practice since suffering the injury. His 33 snaps against the Raiders were also the only time he has played this season after a preseason shoulder injury cost him the first half of the regular season.