DENVER - NOVEMBER 14: Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos stretches the ball towards the goal line but is knocked out of bounds by linebacker Derrick Johnson #56 of the Kansas City Chiefs at the 1-yard-line during the second quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Denver Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas suffered a torn Achilles tendon during workouts today in Georgia, an injury that reportedly will require surgery. There is still no confirmation about the extent of the tear, but according to the Denver Post, the Broncos expect Thomas' recovery to take anywhere from 6 to 8 months.
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Thomas had an up and down rookie campaign, plagued by injuries most of the season that limited the Broncos' 2010 First Round pick to just 22 receptions in 9 games. Thomas showed flashes of brilliance when he was on the field, but has been tough for the former Georgia Tech star who also suffered a broken foot about this time last year while training for the NFL Scouting Combine.
Broncos head coach John Fox released a statement on Thomas, confident that the young receiver will make it back:
"I have no doubt that Demaryius will overcome this setback. He’s proven he can handle adversity + will get through this. We look forward to getting [him] back on the field as soon as possible."
With Eddie Royal already recovering from off-season hip surgery, the Broncos could be a bit short-handed at receiver. They still have Brandon Lloyd, coming off a breakthrough Pro Bowl season. Jabar Gaffney and fellow 2010 draft pick Eric Decker are there as well. Matthew Willis, who was impressive in last year's Training Camp returns as well, but with big question marks surrounding Royal and Thomas, the Broncos need to keep a close eye on the situation at wideout.