Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered what has been described by two NFL sources as a torn Achilles tendon that will require surgery. Late Thursday afternoon, the Broncos acknowledged "an injury" that will require six to eight months worth of recovery time for Thomas.
In a statement, coach John Fox said: "I have no doubt that Demaryius will overcome this setback. He's proven he can handle adversity and will get through this. We look forward to getting Demaryius back on the field as soon as possible."
Neither Thomas nor his agent, Todd France, could be reached for comment Thursday night.
Even the most optimistic of recoveries would have Thomas starting to work himself back to full speed after the start of the 2011 regular season. An eight-month, or longer, recovery would put his 2011 season in doubt.
It sounds like Thomas making an impact in 2011 is a longshot, and many are speculating that this could essentially be the end of his playing career. If nothing else, the Broncos WR position is much clearer heading into 2011 with Brandon Lloyd & Jabar Gaffney locked in as wideouts with Eddie Royal in the slot & second year man Eric Decker in the mix.