Demaryius Thomas is ready to practice

The Denver Broncos received a dose of good news, according to general manager Brian Xanders.

He told media members Saturday that injured 2010 first-round pick Demaryius Thomas has been cleared to practice. Thomas ruptured his Achilles in February. This summer, Denver football leader John Elway said he thought Thomas would miss at least half the 2011 season.

“He’s cleared to practice; he’s ready to go,” Xanders said of Thomas. “We’re excited about him … DeMaryius worked really hard to get back, so he’ll be on the 53 [-man roster].”

Xanders declined to put a timeline as to when Thomas will be ready to play.

“Our coaches are obviously going to monitor him,” Xanders said. “He’s going to be running scout team cards eventually in full pads, and we’ll see how he is. We’ve got to get him in shape leg-wise, quadriceps, hamstrings and all of that has to be working well. We’ll see how he does. Hopefully it’s sooner than later.”

Getting Thomas back will be huge for Denver. He showed great flashes last season when he was healthy. He has a chance to be a good player if he can keep healthy.