Julius Thomas X-Rays Negative, MRI To Follow

Julius Thomas left the Broncos 22-7 loss to the Rams with an ankle injury. Initial tests are negative.

Everyone in Dove Valley is holding their breath. Their Pro Bowl tight end, Julius Thomas, injured his ankle yesterday, during the Denver Broncos 2nd offensive drive. The St. Louis Rams knocked him out of the game.

Fortunately, Mike Klis of the Denver Post is reporting that initial X-ray tests on Thomas' ankle are negative, meaning no broken bones. However, often times, ligament damage will not show up on a X-Ray. Thomas will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test today.

The Broncos need every arrow in their quiver right now. They are hopeful that the MRI will be negative as well, and that Thomas will be day-to-day. It bears mentioning, however, that Thomas' health struggles, early in his career, were the result of a bum ankle. The team is hopeful that history will not repeat.

Thomas is out to a record-setting 2014 campaign, catching 12 touchdowns through the first 9 games. He became the only TE in NFL history to have back-to-back 12-touchdown seasons.

With Virgil Green still nursing an injury, the Broncos are down to one TE on the roster; Jacob Tamme. Tamme is a better blocker than Thomas, but as we saw yesterday vs the Rams, he's nowhere near the explosive weapon in the passing game.

We'll keep you updated as we learn more about Thomas.

Update

Mike Klis is reporting that the MRI revealed no significant damage, and that Thomas is now "day-to-day". His week 12 availability is in doubt.

Chad Jensen is the Publisher and Lead Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @CJ_Broncos and on Google+.

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