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