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Former Broncos coach Vance Joseph is among the many who are feeling a void following the sudden death of Demaryius Thomas.

Joseph, the Broncos’ coach for Thomas’ final two seasons in Denver in 2017 and ’18, said he was “shocked by the news” Thomas passed away Thursday at 33 years old from a medical issue at his house in Georgia.

“My wife and my kids, we all knew D.T. very well. He was a great person. Anybody who knew D.T. knew he was a great person and obviously a great football player, but the person, that is what everybody talks about,” Joseph, now the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator, told Arizona media. “He was so giving with his resources, with his time. What he meant to his family, as a whole with his mom and his grandma, it was an amazing story. He was also a guy who didn’t want any attention about it.”

As Joseph alluded to, while Thomas played for Denver, his mother, Katina Stuckey Smith, and his grandmother Minnie Pearl Thomas both had sentences for running a cocaine ring commuted by President Barack Obama. Between the wideout’s atypical upbringing and “the things he did in the community that no one knew about, (Thomas’ accomplishments were) amazing.”

“He was giving, he was always soft-spoken, he was understanding, he was a great leader,” Joseph said. “You rarely meet people in this business who are just excellent people, and he was one of them. It’s just sad news, he was so young. It shouldn’t happen this way, a guy that fit and that young losing his life that early.”

With Joseph as coach, Thomas had 83 catches for 949 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. Then Thomas posted 36 catches for 402 yards in 2018 before being traded at the deadline to the Texans in exchange for fourth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Three players questionable. Running back Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder), outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle/shoulder) and defensive end Shelby Harris (ankle) are listed as questionable to face the Lions. Coach Vic Fangio expects Gordon to return after missing the Kansas City game…. Cornerback Bryce Callahan (knee) practiced for a third consecutive day and the Broncos face a 2 p.m. Saturday deadline to activate him from injured reserve to be eligible to play Sunday…. Safety P.J. Locke and running back Mike Boone did not practice after being placed in the COVID-19 protocols. Locke and Boone were placed on the COVID-19/reserve list, meaning they both tested positive for the virus and are out for Sunday.


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