The Broncos have added to their lead over the Vikings in the third quarter, but they’ve also lost their top wide receiver.
Demaryius Thomas left the game with a neck injury after taking a hard hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Thomas’s return is being called questionable by the Broncos.
Thomas is Denver’s leading receiver on the day with eight catches for 78 yards, although it was a big play to Emmanuel Sanders that set up the second Broncos touchdown of the day. Sanders picked up 40 yards on a catch to move the ball inside the Minnesota 10-yard-line and then added a few more when Xavier Rhodes brought him down with a horse collar tackle.
Manning hit Owen Daniels for a one-yard score four plays later, expanding the Denver lead to 20-10. As of now, it looks like they’ll have to make it stand up without Thomas’s help.
UPDATE 6:57 p.m. ET: Thomas returned to the game in the fourth quarter, although the second pass thrown his way was intercepted by Smith. The Vikings trail 20-17 and have the ball with nine minutes to play.