Demaryius Thomas injures finger but no fracture

DENVER -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Denver Broncos' 47-14 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:

  • Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had X-rays on his right middle finger after Sunday's victory and left the stadium with a splint. However, Thomas said he did not suffer a fracture. "It was a play in the second quarter," Thomas said. "I'll be all right." Thomas still finished with eight catches for 115 yards, but the injury probably resulted in a dropped touchdown pass with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter. Thomas has played through a right ankle injury in recent weeks but set career bests in catches (111) and receiving yards (1,619) this season.

  • Safety David Bruton Jr. was taken off the field while strapped to a stretcher after a block in the back by defensive end Denico Autry during a Raiders punt return with 5:15 left in the game. Autry's hit was away from the play and directly on Bruton's back, replays showed. Bruton was taken by ambulance to a local hospital but was alert and had feeling in all of his extremities. He was released from the hospital shortly after the game and had been treated for a concussion. Several of Bruton's teammates saw the hit as unnecessary, dirty and worth a fine from the league. "That was straight flagrant," Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware said. "That shouldn't happen ... that shouldn't happen ever."

  • Thomas' season yardage total broke Rod Smith's franchise record, set in 2000. Smith was on the Broncos' sideline Sunday. "It means a lot to me because it was Rod Smith," Thomas said, adding that he has respect for what Smith accomplished in his career. "

  • Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who has dealt with a right thigh injury over the past three weeks -- he suffered it just before halftime in the team's Dec. 14 victory over the San Diego Chargers -- put himself among the list of players happy they earned a first-round bye. "Think this bye, we needed it. We're a little beat up physically -- I know I am," he said. Asked later how he felt at this point in the season, Manning said, "I feel like all the other players in that locker room -- guys that have played 17 weeks of physical football -- so I think this bye week is coming at a good time."