Julius Thomas has quiet fantasy game, leaving early with ankle injury

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas runs after catching the ball against the Washington Redskins - Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught three passes for 29 yards in the Week 8 win over the Washington Redskins. We bring you the fantasy implications here.

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught three passes for 29 yards in Denver's Week 8 win over the Washington Redskins. Thomas left early in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. The injury didn't look to be serious but he was having a quiet night. Of course, he went down right before Peyton Manning went on a tear leading the Broncos into four scoring drives starting late in the third quarter. Manning would find tight end Joel Dreessen for a one yard touchdown pass to start the fourth quarter.

Fantasy impact: Thomas has eight touchdowns on the year and is the fourth leading receiver for the Broncos with 36 receptions for 422 yards. Fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on the injury status but the Broncos enter Week 9 on a bye week which should allow them to heal up. Thomas has a history of significant ankle issues so his status will need to be updated by owners. It appears he is having an MRI on Monday so stay tuned. The Broncos return in Week 10 to face the San Diego Chargers.

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