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Mark Sanchez says injury won't hinder his ability to learn offense

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For the moment, Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez will conduct his football business with a "soft cast" on his left thumb.

Sanchez had surgery earlier this month to repair ligament damage to the thumb on his non-throwing hand. He has participated this week on a limited basis in the first set of the Broncos’ organized team activities (OTAs). And since he arrived in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, he has sounded and acted like a guy intent on being the team’s starting quarterback.

Despite his injury, he said his work with the team’s playbook is “going really well’’ as the Broncos have gone through their first two practices of the offseason that have included 11-on-11 drills with the offense against the defense.

“Understand how guys are moving around and what kind of chemistry we’re going to have,’’ Sanchez said. “It’s one thing in the classroom to say, ‘Here is my read, here is who I’m looking at.’ Now you’ve got to put it all together on the field … It’s fun to be a part of.’’

Sanchez has participated in both of the team’s practices so far this week and has caught some shotgun snaps one-handed in drills. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said they believed Sanchez would be “full go’’ next week.

“If it was up to me, I’d be going right now,’’ Sanchez said. “We’ll just keep pushing it, but like I said, at the right pace. We’ll just take it week to week.’’

Sanchez has also said his injury, suffered in the team’s weight room, “sounded worse than it was,’’ adding: “No biggie. We’re going to be in camp here soon and I’ll look back on this thing and it will be nothing.’’