Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is again taking his receivers to Duke for some individual work before the team can start, but not all of his pass-catchers are there.
According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas isn’t in attendance because of a shoulder injury suffered in the Super Bowl. The injury is described as a separated shoulder.
Manning still has plenty of guys to throw to, as Wes Welker, Emmmanuel Sanders, Andre Caldwell and tight end Julius Thomas were in Durham with him.
But the fact Thomas is still aching after a hard shot from Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is a bit of a concern, even if he has months to get ready for OTAs and training camp.
He’s demonstrated toughness, playing through the injury to catch a Super Bowl-record 13 passes. But with plenty of time to recover, there’s no reason to push it for Manning’s back-to-school session.