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Broncos honor Demaryius Thomas with tributes vs. Lions

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Detailed view of a memorial sticker on a Denver Broncos helmet in reference to American football player Demaryius Thomas before the game against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High.
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Demaryius Thomas’ death on Thursday has led to an outpouring of tributes from former teammates, teams and fans across the NFL.

On Sunday, the Denver Broncos held a moment of silence for Thomas at Empower Field ahead of their Week 14 game against the Detroit Lions.

Along with the moment of silence, the team created a memorial for Thomas outside of the stadium and wore helmet decals with his No. 88.

Inside the stadium, a portrait of Thomas was placed outside the Broncos’ locker room:

Once the game began, the Broncos lined up for their first play with 10 men, leaving Thomas’ X position open before taking a delay of game. The Lions declined the penalty.

Thomas spent eight and a half seasons with the Broncos from 2010 to 2018, earning four Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl title during his tenure.

He was found dead at his Georgia home on Thursday at age 33.