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TE Julius Thomas - Denver Broncos

6-5, 246Born: 6-27-1988College: Portland St.Drafted: Round 4

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Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is a game-time decision for Week 12.

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Thomas suffered a sprained ankle early in the game on Sunday and didn't return to action - subsequent reports indicated that he did not suffer a 'high' ankle sprain but his status for the next game is still iffy. X-rays taken after the game were negative. The team says he'e "day to day" and ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the team is not "overly concerned".

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Thomas suffered an ankle injury that the Broncos have described as minor and leaving him in a "day to day" state, but Thomas has struggled with ankle issues early in his career, and you have to wonder why he didn't come back in the game with the team floundering if it was really minor. There are no outward signs that this is a serious injury, but it's still troubling if you're a Thomas owner.

General News (Fri Nov 21): did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this week. Thomas figures to be a game-time decision against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Thomas said his ankle is improving, though: "If I can go, I will go."

General News (Thu Nov 20): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 19): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Nov 18): is considered day-to-day after injuring his ankle in Week 11. The team does not appear overly concerned about the injury. Thomas is not in a walking boot, and he was able to put on a basketball shoe after suffering a sprained left ankle. "I knew it was something that wasn't going to end my season," Thomas said. "I'm day to day."

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning had a misfire against the Rams, throwing more interceptions (two) than TDs (one) for the first time this season, while posting 34/54 for 389 yards passing. It was also his first game this season with only one passing score - he's had at least two in all of his other games, and averages three per contest (30 TDs over 10 games played). This off game has the clear look of an aberration, folks - this is not the start of a trend. Julius Thomas exited the St. Louis game early due to a sprained ankle that looks fairly minor as of mid-week, so it looks like Thomas dodged the injury bug despite having a mere 2/3/0 receiving during the loss in St. Louis. Demaryius Thomas (10 targets for 7/103/0 receiving) and Emmanuel Sanders (eight for 5/102/1) still posted respectable games despite the struggles of Manning. Don't panic Manning owners/Denver fans - it's time to R-E-L-A-X, as Aaron Rodgers might say. The Miami pass D ranks second in the NFL averaging 208.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions and 30 sacks generated so far (tenth- and third-ranked, respectively). Last week, Buffalo was held without a TD in either phase of the game (Kyle Orton posted 22/39 for 183 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with two sacks taken for -10 yards), while Matthew Stafford and company managed 27/42 for 288 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -19 yards vs. Miami two games back. Manning and company face a tougher-than-usual matchup this week, but he remains an elite fantasy option no matter who Denver faces. David Dodds projects Manning to be the third-best fantasy quarterback in the land during Week 12.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
8 vs SD 2 23 0 0
9 at NE 2 33 1 0
10 at OAK 6 63 2 0
11 at STL 2 3 0 0
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay 2 * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs NE (2 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)

Julius Thomas continued his low-volume role in Denver offense, receiving just two targets against the New England Patriots. Thomas did earn his 10th touchdown of the season as, on 3rd-and-2, Denver surprised New England by going deep over the top. Thomas also converted a 3rd-and-10 on Denver's penultimate drive when the team was attempting to mount a desperate comeback. Otherwise, Manning never even looked his way against the middle of the New England defense.

2014 Week 10 vs OAK (7 / 6 / 63 / 2 rec)

After a week where he was shockingly uninvolved in the passing game, Julius Thomas returned to his usual role against the Oakland Raiders. Thomas had seven targets on Sunday, his sixth game of the season with between six and eight. He also extended his league-leading touchdown total to 12. Thomas' first touchdown came on a quick slant over the middle where Thomas used his superior size to drag two defenders into the end zone. Thomas' second touchdown came when Denver opted to go for it on 4th-and-1; Oakland's defense crowded the line of scrimmage, Peyton Manning surprised them by going down the field to Julius Thomas, and Thomas was able to run 32 yards untouched for the score.

2014 Week 11 vs STL (3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Julius Thomas injured his ankle on Denver's second drive. His return was initially ruled as questionable, but at halftime the Broncos downgraded his status to "out" for the rest of the game. Despite that, reports after the game were generally positive, with his sprained ankle being termed "minor".

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Latest News

Broncos | Julius Thomas does not do much Friday (Fri Nov 21, 02:39 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) did not do much during practice Friday, Nov. 21, even though he had a helmet, according to head coach John Fox.

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Broncos | Julius Thomas questionable (Fri Nov 21, 01:59 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins after putting in a limited practice Friday, Nov. 21.

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Broncos | Julius Thomas could be game-time decision (Fri Nov 21, 01:25 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle), who appeared limited during practice Friday, Nov. 21, figures to be a game-time decision against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Thomas said his ankle is improving, though: 'If I can go, I will go.'

Our View: Thomas sounds like a player who will be limited even if he does play, but the pickings are so slim at tight end that an active Thomas is an automatic start regardless of expectations. The problem is that he's playing in a late game, so you might not have the luxury of waiting around to hear his status. Check back with us on Sunday morning when Dr. Jene Bramel will update us on the latest around Thomas's injury.
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Broncos | Julius Thomas appears limited (Fri Nov 21, 01:11 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is participating in practice Friday, Nov. 21, but appears to be limited.

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Broncos | Julius Thomas sitting out (Thu Nov 20, 01:19 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Like Emmanuel Sanders, we'll be keeping a close eye on Thomas, but if he plays, we can see him as a solid TE1 this weekend against Miami.
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14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
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