They say healing is a matter of time, but it’s also a matter of good luck and hard work.
Just ask Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas who was expected to miss half of the regular season due to tearing his Achilles in February. Two months ahead of schedule, Thomas is back practicing with the team.
“He’s run around. He’s been cleared medically,” John Fox said. “There was an option there to put him on inactive PUP, but according to our medical people, he’s good to go.”
The Broncos expect Thomas to be able to play within the first six weeks of the season. Otherwise, they would have had to put the 22nd overall 2010 draft pick on the physically unable to perform list.
Thomas believed that he was going to be placed on PUP, but once the lockout was over, he changed his training regimen.
“I actually thought I was going to be on PUP,” Thomas said. “Once I came in, I just started doing different things, and did stuff that I wasn’t doing in the off season, and it got better.”
The other players have already gone through five weeks of training in Fox’s system, so what is Thomas doing now that he’s back on the field?
“Learning the playbook and trying to beat a defender instead of just going on air,” Thomas said.
The Broncos have high hopes that Thomas will turn out to be one of the team’s go to receivers. In 10 games last season, he had 22 receptions for 283 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also contributed on special teams as a kick returner averaging 24.9 yards per return.
The receiver out of Georgia Tech has good size at 6’3″ 229 lbs., and a good set of hands. Now it’s about remaining healthy at the pro level.
Thomas could be back as early as week two against the Cincinnati Bengals, but there’s no need to rush the healing process. It seems that it’s already at full throttle.
Welcome back, Big D. Here’s to more big touchdowns in Big D.