| 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.
| 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 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.
| 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.