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St. Croix’s Juwan Thompson Goes Down With Injury In Victory Over Lions

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DETROIT – Juwan Thompson missed the second half of Sunday’s victory over the Detroit Lions after going down with an undisclosed neck injury, per Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

With C.J. Anderson briefly sent to the locker room for a concussion test, Thompson had three carries for 11 yards in the first half. Thompson hurt his neck and was later ruled out for the rest of the night.

The second-year running back out of Duke faced an uphill battle before the injury, as he is buried on the depth chart behind C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.

But Thompson showed plenty of upside in his rookie year for Denver. Though he had only 54 attempts for 272 yards, Thompson averaged 5.0 yards per rush and added three touchdowns.

With such competition at the running back spot, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak will be able to keep a short leash and, at times, a revolving door at the position to make sure he is getting the best output.
Thompson impressed at training camp, showing his grit and tenacity, according to’s Andrew Mason.

While Thompson recovers, Denver’s three-headed running attack will decrease to two. Both Anderson and Hillman have shown they are capable of being the No. 1 back.

Thompson will have to take advantage of the limited chances he receives upon his return if he wants to see time in Peyton Manning‘s backfield.

Manning through two touchdown passes as the Broncos beat the Lions 24-12 yesterday.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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