Denver Broncos

Another Setback For Broncos Rookie DeMaryius Thomas

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Demaryius Thomas from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a Denver Broncos jersey after Thomas was drafted by the Broncos number 22 overall during the the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Kyle BanksContributor IIAugust 26, 2010

When the Denver Broncos selected Demaryius Thomas with the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the former Georgia Tech wide receiver had lofty expectations to say the least. Denver had just traded away perennial all-pro receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins and Thomas looked like the heir apparent to be the #1 pass catcher in the Mile High City.

Thomas, broke his left foot during a pre-draft workout in February. The injured foot sidelined Demaryius for all of the Broncos OTA’s and minicamp. Finally healed, Thomas signed a five-year deal worth $12.155 million ($9.35 million guaranteed) and was having a very impressive training camp.

But at Saturday night's practice, Thomas limped off the field after his second touchdown reception with an injury to the left foot he had broke six months earlier. The same foot Thomas missed several practices weeks ago due to soreness from torn scar tissue.

An MRI and X-rays Wednesday revealed that Demaryius Thomas does not have a stress fracture to his left foot, but will likely miss the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That is a big sigh of relief for the injury-riddled Denver Broncos squad who have already suffered notable injuries to Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

This injury has been another setback for the Broncos number one draft pick, but has given veteran receivers Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal the opportunity to emerge as Kyle Orton’s favorite targets. Thomas now just has to get healthy and contribute as much as he can and hope this bothersome left foot doesn’t turn into a potential season-ending injury.

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