De’Anthony Thomas injury update: Chiefs wideout has surgery on broken leg

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas /

De’Anthony Thomas has already had a successful surgery on his broken leg in less than 24 hours after suffering the injury against the Denver Broncos.

Everything went surprisingly well for the Kansas City Chiefs at Mile High Stadium in Week 17, from earning their 10th win of the season with so many starters sitting on the bench to the way Patrick Mahomes looked in his first NFL start. However, among a few injuries was one significant loss with the season-ending injury to De’Anthony Thomas, who broke his leg during the game.

The good news is that Thomas has already undergone successful surgery to repair the fracture and will re-join the team in Kansas City after staying in Denver after Sunday’s game.

Thomas is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason, so the injury comes at the worst time. The quick surgery will help his recovery timetable, but here’s hoping Thomas can be back and ready to show off his skills to interested teams in free agency without too much delay or complications.

The Chiefs clearly like Thomas in terms of toughness and as a special teams player and return option, but that’s not likely going to equal the kind of payday that Thomas would love to find on the open market. Maybe another team will give Thomas the chance to show off more of what he can do than he found in K.C.

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Thomas caught 14 passes this season for 143 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. He has 61 career catches for 474 yards and 3 total touchdowns. During his rookie campaign, Thomas also rushed14 times for 113 yards but since then his totals have declined each season (this year he had a single rush), so perhaps being more of a combination weapon on offense could be of interest for another franchise.