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Ironically, the Texans will travel to Denver in Week 9 as Thomas gets a chance to go up against the team that drafted him 22nd overall out of Georgia Tech in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Broncos have traded wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and a seventh round draft pick to the Houston Texans for a fourth round draft pick and a seventh round pick, the team announced on Tuesday.

"Demaryius had an incredible run here, and we can't thank him enough for everything he's meant to the Broncos", general manager John Elway said via a media release.

This week, the Broncos host the Texans, meaning Thomas will likely play against his former team at Mile High Stadium. It is expected that Sutton will receive more playing time in Thomas's absence.

"We were not hell-bent on trading Demaryius, " Elway said.

Thomas had 36 catches for 402 yards and three touchdowns this season.

The trade by the Texans is a huge move for their offense and after losing standout Will Fuller following his ACL tear in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins. He is not the same elite-level receiver he was from 2012 to 2016, when he became one of four receivers in league history to record at least 90 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons.

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos appeals to the referee for a touchdown call after making a catch on the edge of the end zone against the Seahawks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on September 9, 2018.