Demaryius Thomas maneuvered his way around the Texans locker room on a medical scooter as players cleaned out their lockers on Sunday. Thomas, with his leg still in a cast following his season-ending Achilles surgery, definitely has plans to continue playing football. And he wants to do so with the Houston Texans.
"I would love it," Thomas said. "I told them I love it. I love to be here. I'd love to finish my career here but we'll see but we got to deal with it as players, guys in the locker room. It is what it is."
Thomas, who suffered the injury on Dec. 23 at Philadelphia, missed the final game of the regular season and the AFC Wild Card game after surgery. The five-time Pro Bowl wideout spent nine seasons in Denver before being traded to Houston prior to Week 9. After Will Fuller V's season was cut short by an ACL injury, the Texans hoped that Thomas could add depth to the wide receiving corps. Thomas not only did that, he also added a veteran presence in the locker room and quickly became one of the leaders of the team.
"I had a long talk with Demaryius the other day," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's a great guy. That's the thing about this locker room, a lot of guys come from a lot of great stories, a lot of different backgrounds. You try to do the best you can to try to keep that together, because I think that meant a lot to this team."
Thomas said his recovery has gone well and he expects his cast to come off this week. Not quite ready to retire just yet, Thomas is eager to be back on the field in 2019.
"We'll see how the rehab goes," O'Brien said. "That's a tough injury. He knows that. He's 30 years old. That's not easy to come back from, but he's going to work hard. He wants to play again. He made that statement to me, and we'll see how it goes moving forward."
In his seven starts as a Texan, Thomas caught 59 passes for 677 yards and two touchdowns.
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