Denver Broncos Sign RB Marcus Thomas

Former Cleveland Browns running back Marcus Thomas signs with the Denver Broncos, replacing injured Ryan Torain.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed running back Marcus Thomas, it was announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Also on Wednesday it was announced the club waived/injured second-year running back Ryan Torain.

Thomas (6-foot, 215 pounds) is a second-year player who entered the NFL with San Diego as a fifth-round selection (166th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Chargers at the end of training camp before being claimed by Detroit. He appeared in each of Detroit's first three regular-season games. He returned four kickoffs for 93 yards (23.3 avg.) in the regular-season opener at Atlanta. Thomas was waived by the Lions on Oct. 9 before being signed by Dallas to its practice squad on Dec. 17. He spent the last two weeks of the regular season on the Cowboys' practice squad. Cleveland signed Thomas to a future contract on Jan. 7, 2009, before waiving him on July 15.

Thomas played four seasons at the University of Texas-El Paso where he totaled 2,615 yards and 26 touchdowns on 596 carries (4.4 avg.) while catching 94 passes for 957 yards (10.2 avg.) and six scores. An all-state performer at Tolleson Union High School in Tolleson, Ariz., Thomas rushed for 3,573 yards and 47 touchdowns as a senior while leading the team to a 12-win season and a berth in the state semifinals. Marcus Thomas was born May 28, 1984, in Phoenix.

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