The Denver Broncos once again have a laundry list of players not at practice today (mostly for rest reasons), and the most notable absence is tight end Julius Thomas, who suffered an ankle injury early in the third quarter of the Broncos Week 8 come-from-behind win over the Washington Redskins. Thomas needed an MRI on the ankle following the game, and the results were negative. He confirmed the earlier suspicions that he did not suffer a high-ankle sprain, but Thomas has dealt with ankle issues in the past and his status is very much up-in-the-air for this week’s game against the rival San Diego Chargers.
Thomas should be able to play following the rest that this week’s bye week provided, but the Denver Post’s Mike Klis reports that Julius Thomas was not at practice today to start the week. I don’t think we would have expected to him to practice today, so keep an eye out for his status later on in the week (say, Thursday).
I think Thomas will likely play this week, because his ankle injury didn’t seem overly serious and was likely just a small sprain. It’s important, though, to watch his practice status closely as the week goes on, and I think we’ll see him listed questionable on the official injury report.