Apr 8, 2012
Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his ankle.
Thomas was injured in the second week of the season after being tackled by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Manny Lawson. He appeared in five games, making only one catch for five yards.
A fourth-round draft pick in 2011, Thomas had shown some big-play ability in training camp and was expected to be a downfield option last season. Thomas had played just one year of football at Portland State after four seasons on the school’s basketball team.
After losing veteran tight ends Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario to free agency, the Broncos upgraded the position with the offseason signings of former Houston Texan Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme, a teammate of Peyton Manning’s in Indianapolis. Thomas could be in line for a bigger role in the offense with Manning under center.