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Demaryius Thomas hopes to leave hip troubles in the past

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Demaryius Thomas won't say exactly what was wrong with his hip last season, but as the Denver Broncos have opened their offseason program, Thomas did offer the injury bothered him and that he believes he can prevent it from impacting the season to come.

"It was bad at times, it got worse sometimes," Thomas said Tuesday, just after the Broncos' first offseason workout. "I never thought about surgery. I could get it, but I don't think I need it, I don't really need it. Right now, I feel great. I've been running routes and it hasn't been bothering me. It just depends on how you get hit now. It's basically maintaining the hips."

Thomas initially injured the hip in the Broncos' 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the season opener last September. He underwent an MRI exam in the days following the game and the results were not only examined by the Broncos' medical staff, but sent to other orthopedists as well for a second opinion.

The injury nagged Thomas throughout the year. He played 16 games for the fifth consecutive season and also had his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season. But, hampered with a sore hip, his 12.0 yards per catch average was the lowest of his career.

He never looked comfortable. Toss in a few more of the dropped passes that have troubled him in recent seasons, and Thomas often wore the look of frustration as the team's offense, without an effective run game, didn't consistently close out drives on the way to a playoff miss.

"It was tough," Thomas said. "Sometimes I couldn't stop and sometimes I couldn't run certain routes that I wanted to run. Sometimes I couldn't get off press because I had no power in it. Like you said, it wasn't my excuse. I was out there, going out, trying to help my teammates out and trying not to make it look bad on my part."

Thomas said, other than rehab on his hip, he took most of February off. He still won't get into many specifics about the injury, which has been rumored by some to be at all levels of severity last season.

Asked Tuesday if he knew specifically what the injury was, he said: "Yeah."

Asked what the specific injury was: "Nothing right now."

Asked what was wrong with it, he said, with a smile: "I forget."

And asked if he believed it would come up again this year, Thomas said simply: "No, it won't. I will be on top of it. I'm going to do whatever I got to do to be 100 [percent]."