NFL teams have no obligation to disclose injury information during the preseason. The Broncos opted to do so on Saturday night, in connection with the fact that veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas did not play.
“He’s got a sore wrist,” coach Vance Joseph told reporters after the game. “It happened in practice I think on Thursday and he couldn’t go tonight.”
The story went on to speculate Thomas could end up being the subject of trade talks, mostly because the team has a group of very young receivers in Sutton, Hamilton and Henderson they seem to feel pretty good about. The injury doesn't appear to be serious.
Broncos wide receiver Carlos Henderson has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Henderson was a third-round pick of the Broncos last season, but may already be looking like a cut candidate as we approach September. Denver drafted both Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in the 2018 NFL Draft, and each rookie wideout has impressed. Henderson is likely no higher than fifth on the depth chart.
Denver’s 2017 third-round NFL Draft pick Carlos Henderson has missed the entirety of training camp while on the “Did Not Report” list with a personal family issue. Henderson, who tallied 1,535 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior at Louisiana Tech, was already on thin ice after missing part of the offseason program with a hamstring injury.
“He’s got to get back on the field if he wants to make this Football Team,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said at the time.
Then, after training camp practice Thursday, Joseph was asked if he had an update on Henderson.
Of course Thomas, Sanders, Sutton and Hamilton are locks to make the roster, the story said. It's one of the more talented, crowded positions on the team, the story added. Henderson could still make the practice squad even if he doesn't report back in time to make the 53-man roster, especially considering a third-round pick is a valuable asset to spend.
Broncos rookie receiver Carlos Henderson tore a ligament in his left thumb and underwent successful surgery Sunday. Head coach Vance Joseph said Henderson is day-to-day with his recovery, but he will not suit up for the remainder of the preseason.