| Julius Thomas limited in Week 15 -- Sun Dec 14 7:15 pm --|
Broncos tight end used sparingly
|Although Julius Thomas is back, Virgil Green expected to start at TE. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas was limited on the day catching his lone target for 30 yards. It was a disappointing for fantasy owners who were expecting a full-go effort from the Broncos TE. He'll need to be a full participant in practice this week in order to be a recommended fantasy play in Week 16.
| Several notable Denver players miss practice -- Wed Dec 10 5:20 pm --|
Julius Thomas limited
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Head Coach John Fox had to take a deep breath after his 47-second recitation of an injury report that included 16 names, eight of whom did not practice Wednesday, with six others working on a limited basis. Headlining the eight players who did not practice were running back C.J. Anderson and wide receivers Wes Welker -- who missed last Wednesday's work -- and Demaryius Thomas, who played Sunday after suffering an ankle bruise when he was stepped on during practice Dec. 3.
Joining Anderson, Welker and Thomas in missing practice were running back Montee Ball (groin), and tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs). Limited participants: running backs Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Juwan Thompson (knee), and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Thomas said this has been "a much better week for me" than recent weeks, in which he also worked on a limited basis but did not play in the game.
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners of Denver's players will need to pay attention to the practice reports over the next couple of days. Some players, like Demaryius Thomas, would have suited up if needed but needed an extra day of rest. As the week progress, the injury picture in Denver should start to take form. Additionally, the running game could become muddled very quickly depending on who is healthy enough to play this weekend.
| Broncos battered in win over Buffalo -- Mon Dec 8 3:30 pm --|
Three key starters limited in Week 14
|Demaryius Thomas, who suffered an ankle injury in practice this past Wednesday when he was stepped on by a teammate, finished the win with two catches for 11 yards. Julius Thomas, who has not played since injuring his left ankle in the first quarter of the team's Nov. 16 loss to the St. Louis Rams, was in uniform for the game but did not play.
C.J. Anderson injured his left ankle in the win and briefly left the lineup. He played with the ankle heavily taped over his shoe in the second half and had 10 of his 21 carries after halftime. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Injuries were not just limited to the skill-position players as G Orlando Franklin, G Louis Vasquez, reserve OT Paul Cornick, DE Derek Wolfe and TE Jacob Tamme were all hurt in some way against Buffalo. The rash of injuries may help to explain the Broncos' conservative game plan. In regards to the relevant fantasy players, all three players (Thomas, Thomas and Anderson) appear to be good to go at San Diego in Week 15.
| Julius Thomas status uncertain for Sunday -- Sat Dec 6 7:45 pm --|
Limited in practice all week
|There is a chance the Broncos will have to play one more game without tight end Julius Thomas.
"I don't know, man," Thomas said. "I'm not sure yet."
Thomas suffered a sprained left ankle during Denver's game at St. Louis on Nov. 16. He missed the next two games before returning to practice on a limited basis this week. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: The Broncos play a late-afternoon game against the Bills in Week 14 and Thomas is likely to be a gametime decision. Jacob Tamme (ribs) is also questionable to play. Thomas owners should have Plan B in place.
| Julius Thomas limited in practice -- Wed Dec 3 7:45 pm --|
Remains optimistic about playing against Bills
|''Julius is one of our top players and when you have one of your top players go out, you are going to miss him,'' Peyton Manning said Wednesday. ''We hope to get Julius back out there. There's no question when he's out there he makes a difference, he makes a lot of plays for us.''
Thomas leads the league with a dozen TD catches even though he hasn't scored since Nov. 9. He was limited at practice Wednesday and hopes to return to action this weekend against the Buffalo Bills (7-5).
FF Today's Take: The Broncos' week 14 opponent, Buffalo, ranks fifth against the pass this season and Denver has rekindled their running game of late. Nonetheless, it will be tough to sit Julius Thomas if he is cleared to play so check back later in the week for an update on his playing status.
| Julius Thomas nearing return -- Mon Dec 1 6:45 pm --|
"Encouraged" with healing process
|As Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas recovers from a left ankle injury, Thomas said Monday that itís a yes-and-no proposition. As in yes, Thomas believes heís closing in on his return to the lineup. And no, this current injury is not, in any way, similar to the right ankle injury that essentially cratered his first two NFL seasons. This time Thomas suffered an injury to his left ankle in the first quarter of the Broncosí loss in St. Louis. He has practiced just once, having taken part in this past Fridayís practice on a limited basis.
ďIím encouraged with how itís going, weíll see how itís going this week," Thomas said. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Broncos will be happy to welcome him back, not only because he has 12 touchdowns on 40 catches, but also because the Buffalo Bills' stout defense will visit Denver in Week 14. "Orange Julius" is a no-brainer starting option every time he is in the lineup, so fantasy teams that were able to squeeze into the fantasy playoffs despite his two-game absence should get a nice shot in the arm this week if he can go.
| Julius Thomas a spectator on Friday -- Fri Nov 28 5:00 pm --|
|While tight end Julius Thomas remained a spectator Friday, working through left ankle issues, the Broncos received a boost as Brandon Marshall was cleared to participate by an independent doctor. Thomas, meanwhile, remains limited. His status remains uncertain for Sunday, but after similar participation last week the Broncos made Thomas inactive for the Dolphins game. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: The Broncos may wait until gametime (Sunday night) to make a decision or the could rule him out on Saturday. If Thomas sits, Jacob Tamme would be in play as low-end TE1.
| Julius Thomas back at practice -- Thu Nov 27 3:00 pm --|
Missed Week 12 with ankle injury
|TE Julius Thomas is participating in practice (Thursday). (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It is Thomas' first practice since he suffered his ankle injury. While there is no guarantee he will play Sunday night, he is trending in the right direction now. Jacob Tamme is the handcuff and a relatively low-upside play should Thomas sit this week.
| Julius Thomas "very" limited Friday -- Fri Nov 21 1:25 pm --|
|Tight end Julius Thomas also returned to practice. Thomas was described as "very limited" and "shaky" by separate media folk, so right now we're more optimistic about Sanders playing than Thomas on Sunday vs. the Dolphins. (Mile High Report)|
FF Today's Take: Head coach John Fox stated that while the listed Thomas as limited on Friday, he easily could've been classified as DNP. The Broncos tight end will be a gametime decision but all signs point to him being on the Inactive list Sunday. Jacob Tamme would fill Thomas' shoes and be low-end TE1 consideration.
| Sanders, Thomas sit Thursday at Broncos practice -- Thu Nov 20 1:30 pm --|
Broncos without two key receivers
|Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas were on the sideline at practice Thursday, just as they were on Wednesday, due to injuries suffered against the Rams last weekend. (ProFootball Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Both players remain very questionable to play. While there's still a chance both could practice Friday and play on Sunday, owners should have backup plans in place. Jacob Tamme, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell would see increased value if both sit.
| Sanders, Thomas held out of Broncos' practice -- Wed Nov 19 2:40 pm --|
Two receiving stars watching from the sidelines Wedensday
|Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas attended Wednesday's practice. But they did not practice. Sanders suffered a concussion Sunday when absorbing a violent hit by Rams safety Rodney McLeod. Thomas suffered a sprained left ankle Sunday. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Sanders will need to get through the NFL's concussion protocol before being allowed to play. Thomas is not on crutches or in a walking boot, both of which are good signs for his availability. More updates to come on both players later this week.
| Julius Thomas' ankle injury not serious -- Mon Nov 17 6:15 pm --|
Day-to-day; appears to have avoided high ankle sprain
|The early diagnosis is the ankle injury to Broncos TE Julius Thomas is not as bad as initially feared.
Thomas injured his ankle in the first quarter of the Broncos' 22-7 loss at St. Louis on Sunday and did not return. He underwent a MRI Monday morning. It might be difficult for Thomas to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in the Broncos' first home game in a month, but his injury status is considered day-to-day. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: He appears to have avoided the dreaded "high ankle sprain", which is what was initially feared. Even with that bit of good news, the rash of injuries - including the concussion suffered by Emmanuel Sanders - comes at a bad time for Denver with Miami playing so well on defense lately. Thomas' owners in a pinch could opt for Peyton Manning favorite Jacob Tamme, although he is a replacement-level player at best at this stage of his career.
| Broncos lose Sanders, J. Thomas, Ball to injury -- Sun Nov 16 8:00 pm --|
Denver RB re-aggravates groin injury
|The Denver Broncos' trip to this city has been a painful one. Tight end Julius Thomas, running back Montee Ball (groin) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) all suffered injuries in a 22-7 loss to the Rams. Thomas played just two series for the Broncos before leaving the game with an ankle injury and did not return. He had X-rays on his ankle at the stadium and was diagnosed with a sprain. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It was a rough afternoon for the Broncos on the injury front and the scoreboard. Sanders took a brutal hit early in the third quarter and left the game with a concussion. Ball's groin injury is the most critical as he already missed five weeks with the same injury. The re-aggravation may cost him multiple weeks or perhaps the season. C.J. Anderson should be the lead back moving forward.