The Carolina Panthers are dealing with several injured tight ends heading into a Week 13 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Starter Hayden Hurst (concussion) will miss his third straight game with a concussion while Tommy Tremble (hip) is listed as doubtful for this weekend's game. That leaves Ian Thomas and Stephen Sullivan to lead the way against a Tampa Bay defense that is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. The two of them combined to catch two passes for 22 yards last week and neither sets up as a particularly inspiring fantasy option against the Bucs this weekend.
Dec 2, 2023 8:13 AM EST
Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas (calf) has been activated from the injured reserve ahead of the Week 11 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas hasn't played since early October due to calf injury. Before that, Thomas was barely involved in the offense with two receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown in five games. His return will mean less of a usage for fellow tight end Hayden Hurst going forward. The two of them will likely split up the workload, so neither is going to have great fantasy value. Thomas can remain on the waiver wire in basically every format right now.
Nov 18, 2023 6:32 PM EST
The Carolina Panthers have designated tight end Ian Thomas (calf) and cornerback Jaycee Horn (hamstring) to return from Injured Reserve this week, which means they will return to the practice field and could be officially activated to come off IR and play in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas last played in Week 5 and has missed the required four weeks while on Injured Reserve. The 27-year-old is primarily a blocking specialist, though, and should remain off the fantasy radar. Before his injury, he caught just two passes on four targets for 36 yards. Horn, the former eighth overall pick in 2021, hasn't played since the season opener. The oft-injured 23-year-old would provide the Panthers secondary with a boost, but they'll likely ease him back into the fold. The Panthers will see how both Thomas and Horn look as they return to practice this week.
Nov 13, 2023 12:55 PM EST
Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas (calf) has been placed on injured reserve and will miss at least the next four games. Thomas landed on the injury report on Friday with the calf issue and it's clearly serious enough to warrant a trip to IR. Carolina activated tight end Stephen Sullivan off IR in a corresponding move. While Hayden Hurst has seen the majority of tight end targets in the Carolina passing game, the tight end snaps will now only be split between him and Tommy Tremble with Thomas being out for the next four games.
Oct 14, 2023 2:56 PM EST
Thomas caught 21 of 30 targets for 197 yards while playing all 17 games in the 2022 season.
Jan 11, 2023 5:57 PM EST
Thomas caught his only target for nine yards in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Buccaneers.
Jan 4, 2023 6:01 AM EST
Thomas caught one of three targets for 12 yards in Week 16's 37-23 win over the Lions.
Dec 26, 2022 6:32 AM EST
Thomas (thigh) was a full participant during practice Thursday and does not carry a game status ahead of Saturday versus Detroit.
Dec 22, 2022 11:17 AM EST
Thomas caught both of his targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Seahawks.
Dec 12, 2022 7:18 AM EST
Thomas caught both of his targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Broncos.
Nov 28, 2022 8:14 AM EST
Thomas (illness) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Nov 27, 2022 8:52 AM EST
Thomas (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Nov 25, 2022 11:17 AM EST
Thomas (illness) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice report.
Nov 24, 2022 10:45 AM EST
Thomas caught three of four targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Ravens.
Nov 22, 2022 2:31 AM EST
Thomas caught his only target for two yards in Sunday's 37-34 overtime loss to the Falcons.
Oct 31, 2022 4:35 PM EST
Thomas caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's 21-3 win over the Buccaneers.
Oct 24, 2022 4:56 PM EST
Thomas caught both his targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Rams.
Oct 16, 2022 5:13 PM EST
Thomas caught both of his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 37-15 loss to the 49ers.
Oct 11, 2022 4:12 PM EST
Thomas caught one of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Cardinals.
Oct 4, 2022 6:43 AM EST
Thomas (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against Arizona.
Sep 30, 2022 8:04 AM EST