Demaryius Thomas Will Seek Second Opinion on Hip

The Broncos will hold their breath as Demaryius Thomas gets word on his injured hip.

The Denver Broncos can ill-afford an injury at wide receiver with Bennie Fowler currently on the mend, so all eyes will be on Demaryius Thomas this week as he will seek a second opinion on his injured hip, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Thomas injured his hip in the 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, a game in which he caught four balls for 48 yards, including the first pass of Trevor Siemian's career. 

http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p...The injury was suffered in the first quarter, causing Thomas to briefly exit the game. On Friday, he underwent an MRI, and now soon this week, he will undergo more testing to either quash or confirm the findings in the original MRI.

If Thomas does have to miss time as a result, the onus will be on third-year wide receiver Cody Latimer to pick up the slack as he recovers. Latimer had a successful preseason, showing chemistry with both Siemian and Paxton Lynch in the process.

The Broncos are also still awaiting the return of Fowler, also in his third year. Fowler fractured his elbow blocking a punt in the preseason opener and has yet to see the field since then.

Other players that will need to step up if the wide receiver depth chart include Jordan Taylor and Jordan Norwood, two players that did not catch any passes in the season opener. Production is made up for by committee rather than the individual.

The loss of Thomas would certainly be a setback for the Broncos at this point in the season, but they have the personnel to survive depending on the length of a potential absence.

UPDATE: Gary Kubiak has stated that Thomas has received treatment and is expected to return to practice on Wednesday. Thomas hasn't decided whether to get the second opinion yet, because he's been encouraged by his progress in treatment.

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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