Updates from Wednesday, April 9
Mike Klis of the Denver Post refutes previous reports surrounding Demaryius Thomas' shoulder injury:
Contrary to reports, #Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas does not have separated shoulder. He is at Duke University TODAY with Peyton & teammates.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 9, 2014
Jeff Legwold of ESPN previously reported Thomas was not at Duke:
Legwold added more details:
Thomas suffered what some with the team have described as a separated left shoulder in the Broncos' 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks when he was hit by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor in the first quarter of the 35-point loss. He played through the injury and did finish out the game with a Super Bowl record 13 catches.
Thomas could still be limited in some of the OTA work in the weeks to come, but the Broncos don't expect issues when training camp opens. Thomas had shoulder problems during the regular season as well, even leaving the Dec. 1 win over Kansas City after the first series but he did return to the lineup just before halftime.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered a separated shoulder during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII, but that didn't deter him from setting a Super Bowl record.
Thomas notched 13 receptions to go with 118 yards and his team's lone touchdown in the 43-8 drubbing at the hands of the mighty Seattle Seahawks. The previous Super Bowl record for receptions in a single game was 11, held by Dan Ross, Jerry Rice, Deion Branch and Wes Welker.
Denver's CBS4 sportscaster Vic Lombardi reported the news of Thomas' ailment on Tuesday, Feb. 4:
DT separated his shoulder in the first quarter. Played through it. Maybe it was that Chancellor hit. Not sure.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) February 4, 2014
Thomas was a raw first-round product of a run-heavy football program in Georgia Tech when the Broncos selected him No. 22 overall in the 2010 NFL draft. Since then, he has evolved into one of the premier receivers in the NFL, and he continued his sensational postseason play even as the Seahawks ruined Denver's quest for the Lombardi Trophy.
If there's any good news about this shoulder injury, it's that Thomas showed the toughness to fight through it and has months ahead to recover.
There's no reason Thomas shouldn't be ready for organized team activities, where the Broncos will look to pick up the pieces and attempt to get back to the Super Bowl once more. Next time, they'd prefer a considerably different outcome.