Following the news that he’s out for the season with a triceps tear, Browns LT Joe Thomas said Monday that it’s too early to say if he’ll return next season.
“Am I done playing? I don’t know … It’s too early to make any decisions,” Thomas said.
Thomas is scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow, but Adam Schefter points out that he’ll face a six-to-nine month recovery for this injury.
You can expect the Browns to place him on injured reserve and add someone to their roster in the coming days.
Thomas put together, arguably, the most impressive ironman streak in NFL history by playing over 10,000 snaps before this injury forced him to leave Sunday’s game. He’s already a Hall of Fame player and has one year remaining on his contract, so it will be interesting to see how long he deliberates about returning for the 2018 season.
Thomas, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Browns back in 2007. He’s currently in the seventh year of his eight-year, $92 million contract that includes $44 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $8.8 million over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2017, Thomas appeared in seven games for the Browns and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 4 offensive tackle out of 74 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Thomas’ future as the news is available.