Just ask the New England Patriots what the injury report means though. Absolutely nothing until game time. The problem with the injury report is that it needs to list any player that has had medical staff treatment after the previous game. Thomas was listed with G Chris Kuper, who has a broken forearm, CB Chris Harris, who sprained his ankle and G Manny Ramirez, who hurt his elbow.
That is the extent of the Broncos injury report. Three active players and one we knew would not be back until at least week four. Thomas received treatment for his ailing elbow that was twisted and stretched when he was alligator wrestled to the ground by the Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu in week 1.
Thomas had a full practice and it would take more than an ailing elbow to keep him on the sidelines for their game against the Falcons.
After a physical game against the Steelers, it is surprising there weren’t more nagging injuries or worse on either side other than the Broncos losing Ty Warren once again with the same torn triceps injury that kept him out all of 2011.
So relax Broncos fans, Thomas is relatively healthy and ready to go for Monday night and another prime time performance as once again they draw a tough opponent once again in their early NFL season.
The injury report is merely a method for the NFL to control insider information that would otherwise be leaked by teams to bookies and gamblers across the nation. If everyone has the info, then cheating is eliminated.
BroncosRants Notes: According to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, the Broncos worked out three DTs on Tuesday to fill the void left by Ty Warren: Brian Price, Daniel Muir and Terrell McClain.
CB Tracy Porter was named Defensive Player of the Week for his solid performance on Sunday against the Steelers which included an INT return for a TD to seal the game.
Dan Koppen, the center signed on Tuesday will undoubtedly support J.D. Walton as the back-up due to Walton’s very good play on Sunday against the Steelers. I am sure Koppen will work his way into being a starter by week 3 or 4 once Peyton Manning becomes more comfortable that he can match his rhythm.
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