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Joel Dreessen has arthroscopic knee surgery

Joel Dreessen AP

If Julius Thomas was looking for an opportunity to force his way into the Broncos lineup after playing just nine games in his first two seasons, he just got it.

Thomas, a fourth-round pick in 2011, is a former basketball player with physical gifts that have intrigued the Broncos but injuries have kept him from catching more than one pass in his career thus far. He’s going to have a chance to show the Broncos that he’s capable of much more this spring, however.

Tight end Joel Dreessen, who started 15 games and caught 41 passes last season, will be out until training camp after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Coach John Fox didn’t sound worried about Dreessen and shone a spotlight on Thomas’ chance to impress the coaches.

“Just a little knee procedure, scope, done, just to clean it up,” Fox said, via Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post. “It’s been a good deal for Julius.”

Assuming all is well with Dreessen come camp, Thomas will probably still be in a backup role. If his extended chance to show off his skills reveals abilities lacking elsewhere, though, Thomas might be able to work his way into the rotation after two years on the outside looking in.

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6 Responses to “Joel Dreessen has arthroscopic knee surgery”
  1. texansdude says: May 30, 2013 4:27 PM

    Once a Texan, always a Texan when they are of Dreesen’s quality, so heal up!

  2. 4thquartermagic says: May 30, 2013 4:54 PM

    Feel better Dresson, you were a great pick-up last year and a classy dude.

    Another offseason which brings the usual hype of Julius Thomas. Dude was supposed to be a breakout performer for 2 seasons now and we are still waiting to see him do anything.

  3. thesteelers says: May 30, 2013 5:34 PM

    Bust

  4. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 30, 2013 5:46 PM

    Who cares?

  5. ncm42 says: May 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    Virgil Green > Julius Thomas

  6. thesteelers says: May 30, 2013 6:33 PM

    Virgil Green > no one ever… except Sanchez

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