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Demaryius Thomas tears Achilles’ tendon

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Broncos 2010 first-round pick Demaryius Thomas looked very explosive as a rookie when he was healthy.   The problem is that he rarely stayed healthy for long after entering the league with a foo injury.

Thomas’ injury-plagued start to his career got a lot worse on Thursday, when he tore his Achilles Tendon while working out, according to multiple reports.   The Broncos have since confirmed the injury and say Thomas will take 6-8 months to recover.

Thomas joins Eddie Royal as a young rehabbing Broncos receiver; Royal underwent hip surgery last week.  Royal is expected to be ready in May, but Thomas’ injury could jeopardize his start to the 2011 season.

(We’re contractually obligated to say “if there is a 2011 season” at this point.)

The Broncos see Thomas a future No. 1 receiver, but this injury is a huge setback.  The optimistic view here is that Denver is deeper at wideout than nearly any other position with Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, and second year pro Eric Decker also in the mix.

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26 Responses to “Demaryius Thomas tears Achilles’ tendon”
  1. geeeeemen says: Feb 10, 2011 7:00 PM

    i’ve had foo injuries before, they usually take longer than 8 months.

  2. dgreenfi says: Feb 10, 2011 7:08 PM

    Looks like Demaryius is player #1 who will be rooting for a lockout.

  3. waitingguilty says: Feb 10, 2011 7:08 PM

    D.T. looks like another Uber-productive Josh McDaniels pick.

  4. moelester says: Feb 10, 2011 7:17 PM

    Denver could have Dez Bryant..but because of McDippy’s problem with “character issues” they passed up on the electric Bryant for this pantload who is made of glass. What is this guy? Greg Odens cousin?
    Being a giant Va J J is a character issue as well.

  5. kevo126 says: Feb 10, 2011 7:27 PM

    ever since this guy played against the ravens, it was all down hill for him. just like the broncos the year before…

  6. couvs14 says: Feb 10, 2011 7:35 PM

    those Foo injuries are tough to comeback from

  7. paulnoga says: Feb 10, 2011 7:47 PM

    Why the Broncos will be last for years:
    Draft picks
    get rid of QB Cutler – draft QB Tebow
    get rid of WR Marshall – draft WR Thomas
    get rid of RB Hillis – draft RB Moreno
    get rid of TE Sheffler – draft ????
    get rid of DL Price – draft ????
    next get rid of CB Bailey – draft and get rid of CB Smith
    This has to be the Masochist Team of the year.
    All the above moves got rid of Pro Bowl quality Players for a bag of magic beans.

  8. dccowboy says: Feb 10, 2011 7:47 PM

    They should have drafted Dez.

  9. paulnoga says: Feb 10, 2011 7:49 PM

    BTW,
    the Broncos draft picks tried to replace good players at solid positions. What about the other positions that really needed draft picks to solidify the team?

  10. iamthorny says: Feb 10, 2011 7:52 PM

    Rex Ryan’s wife was going to rush in and offer her help until she realized it was merely a “foo” injury.

    DT will be back…he’s a foo fighter.

  11. chedberg says: Feb 10, 2011 8:09 PM

    What the heck is a foo injury. Is it anything related to the Foo Fighters.

    Come on PFT staffers, spell check.

  12. ppdoc13 says: Feb 10, 2011 8:16 PM

    Damned shame. This kid looked like the real deal. This team has really been snake bit for the last few years under McYoungMan and the end of the Shanny tenure. Pat Bowlen must be ready to pull out what is left of his hair.

  13. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 8:18 PM

    i’m surprised more guys don’t have surgerys because of the uncertainty.

  14. ktfulmer says: Feb 10, 2011 8:53 PM

    Bowlen isn’t lucid enough to know that it is happening. Joe Ellis is calling the shots in Denver, and has been since the slide started.

  15. hobartbaker says: Feb 10, 2011 8:53 PM

    Ow, BayBay. Nicest guy in the league. With the worst luck so far.

  16. skylark70455 says: Feb 10, 2011 9:17 PM

    ***(We’re contractually obligated to say “if there is a 2011 season” at this point.)***

    Whose that contract with? From the slant of the articles here, I’d say the NFLPA.

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 10, 2011 9:29 PM

    I pity the foo that drafts an injury prone playa.

    Regards,

    Mr. T

  18. hobartbaker says: Feb 10, 2011 9:56 PM

    Right monkey get on the guys for their spelling. Everyone knows the word is “poop” not “poo”. It’s a bit like the pooflingingmonkey calling one of the tenthousandmonkeyswithtypewriters an idiot.

  19. garyman1 says: Feb 10, 2011 10:15 PM

    Foo injuries take a long time to heal. You end up favoring your other foo and that prevents your injured foo from healing properly. Sometimes, I get a corn on my foo and it hurts like hell.

  20. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Feb 10, 2011 10:18 PM

    Damn foo

  21. drexelvol says: Feb 11, 2011 12:08 AM

    “The Broncos have since confirmed the injury and say Thomas will take 6-8 months to recover.”

    If he’s lucky. Than can end the career of a WR.

  22. sowcrates says: Feb 11, 2011 12:11 AM

    Paulnoga is right on the money 1000%.

    Draft picks are valuable, but not always going to pan out.

    -Cutler isn’t the best QB in the league, but he’s a helluva lot better than most QBs taken in the first round over the past decade, especially QBs taken 20 or after.

    What are the odds the 1st round QB Denver replaced him with will ever be as good? Purely statistically speaking, and not as a judgment on Tebow, it’s about 30%. Now, granted, the pick used to take Tebow wasn’t all the Broncos got out of the Cutler trade, but you’re taking a risk by at the very least diminishing the quality of your QB play for 3 seasons until Tebow gets a hang of things. At worst, you take a 1st round QB 4 years from now

    -Same thing with D.T. What are the odds he’ll ever be as good as Brandon Marshall? I’d say about 20%.

    -Between Ryan Torain and Peyton Hillis, you’d have a decent RB tandem. Hillis was amazingly QB-friendly with 61 catches (!) this season, and Torain was productive in Washington.

    You replace him with a high 1st round pick at RB. Moreno appears as if he will both run and catch pretty well, but it was a high cost to replace a position that you had decent guys you could have worked with already.

    McDaniels wanted to IMMEDIATELY have guys he hand-picked on offense, and that’s a huge mistake when you’re just taking over a football team that was 8-8 and narrowly missed the playoffs because their defense allowed 28 points a game all season while their offense did a fairly admirable job of playing catch-up.

  23. yahmule says: Feb 11, 2011 5:30 AM

    I sure little Josh McDaniels had a good laugh when he heard the news. His team-ravaging incompetence would have surpassed Matt Millen’s had he lasted much longer in a decision-making capacity.

  24. tv426 says: Feb 11, 2011 6:50 AM

    I’ve torn my Achilles’s before. He will be lucky to be walking decently well in 6 months, much less being up to speed. This takes a year or more to fully heal.

  25. CKL says: Feb 11, 2011 1:48 PM

    moelester says:
    Feb 10, 2011 7:17 PM
    Denver could have Dez Bryant..but because of McDippy’s problem with “character issues” they passed up on the electric Bryant for this pantload who is made of glass. What is this guy? Greg Odens cousin?
    Being a giant Va J J is a character issue as well.
    _________________________________
    Dez Bryant had some character issues as well, remember?
    Also Bryant wasn’t exactly healthy the entire year himself.

    I’m not a huge McDaniels fan right now after he took a giant crap on his mentor (who DOES coach the team I root for)with the way he handled the issue of his taping the SF practices …but fair is fair.

  26. broncobeta says: Feb 12, 2011 7:56 PM

    paulnoga says:
    Feb 10, 2011 7:47 PM
    Why the Broncos will be last for years:
    Draft picks
    get rid of QB Cutler – draft QB Tebow
    get rid of WR Marshall – draft WR Thomas
    get rid of RB Hillis – draft RB Moreno
    get rid of TE Sheffler – draft ????
    get rid of DL Price – draft ????
    next get rid of CB Bailey – draft and get rid of CB Smith
    This has to be the Masochist Team of the year.
    All the above moves got rid of Pro Bowl quality Players for a bag of magic beans.
    ———————————————-
    You’re joking right? There is no logic in any part of that rant.

    Trevor Pryce hasn’t been on the Broncos for more than four years.

    Hillis and Moreno were on the same team at one point moron.

    Tony SCHEFFLER was such a big loss too, I think the Broncos had to let go of half their training staff that they used to treat all of Scheffler’s frequent injuries. Scheffler is making such a huge splash in Detroit right now.

    Champ Bailey is still on the team, Alphonso Smith is not.

    Brandon Marshall is being a non productive punk in Miami and Brandon Lloyd is kicking ass.

    I don’t even want to get started on Cutler. At least Tebow would try to finish a playoff game.

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