Demaryius Thomas sparkled late last week in practice and again in the Broncos scrimmage, showing already that he knows how to use his 6-foot-3, 229-pound frame to his advantage against defenders. But then he landed awkwardly on his left foot after catching a touchdown pass late in the scrimmage and did not return. It's the same foot he broke in a pre-draft workout early this year, causing him to miss the workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
"In terms of a timetable, I don't know yet how long he'll be out,'' McDaniels told me Sunday. "We do know it's not broken. I'm hopeful that it's not going to be long. Not too terribly long.''
Thomas, Denver's top draft pick, has shown signs that he'll be the rare rookie receiver who can contribute right away. The Broncos drafted him 22nd overall to replace the departed Brandon Marshall, and while his foot issue is a setback, he has lived up to the first-round billing so far in Denver's camp.