CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Demaryius Thomas made four catches in the Broncos' season opener. Thursday, he made three intriguing observations about his left hip injury.
1) He admitted the issue surfaced before the opener, no specific date mentioned, and he confirmed he aggravated it on the Broncos' third drive when tackled awkwardly out of bounds.
2) He said the injury has been diagnosed, without offering precise details, and that it mirrors the one he suffered in 2012. The good news is that he didn't miss a game that season.
3) He said he felt "a lot better on Thursday," and remains optimistic he will be available on Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts
"I do. I think I will be fine," said Thomas, who is one of only three players in league history (Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt) to post four consecutive seasons with at least 90 catches and 1,300 receiving yards. "I still have to take it day by day and see what (training staff) and coach Kubiak have to say."
Thomas' improvement was noticeable during the open viewing period Thursday. He ran at 100 percent and burst out of his cuts. He played through pain against the Panthers and is willing to do it again. Thomas battled a neck injury last season, one that he never used as an excused as he struggled with drops.
"Game time is totally different with the adrenaline, with your teammates, you try not to think about it," Thomas said.