Denver Broncos running back Demaryius Thomas is among the players who want to return to Denver, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the team.
Thomas, who is in the final year of his contract, had surgery on his right ankle in September to repair a tear in the same bone.
He missed the entire season and the first six games of the regular season with the injury.
He is scheduled to return for training camp next week.
The Broncos signed Thomas to a one-year, $1.6 million contract before the season to be the No. 2 back behind Demaryias Thomas.
Thomas was not listed on the team’s injury report, but his status is unknown.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said the team was “not ready” to discuss Thomas’ return.
“Demaryius is one of our guys,” Kubiak told the Denver Post on Monday.
Broncos coach John Fox told reporters Monday that Thomas’ injury is “a real disappointment.” “
We’re not ready to talk about that, but we are definitely going to work on it.”
Broncos coach John Fox told reporters Monday that Thomas’ injury is “a real disappointment.”
The Broncos lost quarterback Trevor Siemian to an Achilles injury and the franchise has not drafted a running back since running back Andre Ellington in 2010.
Thomas’ replacement, Demaryrius Bronson, will likely be the team”s No. 1 back.
Bronson started three games in 2013 and has played sparingly during the Broncos’ four-game losing streak.
Bronson’s emergence has made it difficult for Siemian, a fifth-round pick in 2014, to play at the same level.
Siemian was Denver”s top running back in 2013, but the Broncos signed Peyton Manning to a three-year contract in 2016 that is worth $36 million.
Manning started the Broncos” first 10 games last season and finished third in the NFL in rushing.
Siemians absence was felt when Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler was sidelined for the season with a foot injury.
Siemiant led the NFL with 2,858 rushing yards last season, his most since 2011.
He rushed for 1,942 yards in his rookie season, but that was his first year as a starter.
Siemion had a career-best 2,914 rushing yards in 2017.
Siemien is expected to be Denver’s No. 3 running back behind Thomas.