Thomas (knee) has undergone further testing which revealed an ACL tear, John Keim of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Washington initially feared Thomas had suffered an ACL tear, but follow-up testing led the team to be optimistic the structural damage in the tight end's knee had not impacted his ACL. However, after he had already been placed on season-ending IR, further testing has now confirmed the severity of Thomas' injury, for which he's expected to undergo surgery shortly. As a result Thomas, who recently signed a three-year, $24 million extension, faces a more arduous recovery timeframe and may not be back to 100 percent form by the start of the 2022 season. For the remainder of the 2021 campaign, Ricky Seals-Jones will continue to operate as Washington's top tight end.
Dec 14, 2021 6:24 AM EST
The Washington Football Team placed Thomas (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, ruling him out for the rest of the 2021 season.
Analysis: A Monday report suggested Thomas may have avoided the initial fear of an ACL tear, and while that hasn't been confirmed one way or the other, we do know the tight end is now ineligible for the remainder of the season after being placed on IR for a second time. Earlier this year, Ricky Seals-Jones averaged 4.0 catches for 38.4 yards and 0.2 TDs on 6.0 targets across five starts (Weeks 5-10) when Thomas was on IR with a hamstring injury. However, RSJ then missed Weeks 11-13 with a hip injury, allowing rookie John Bates to handle a larger role. It isn't entirely clear Seals-Jones will return to a three-down role if/when he gets healthy, but he does offer more promise than Bates as a pass catcher.
Dec 8, 2021 8:10 AM EST
The Football Team is expected to place Thomas (knee) on injured reserve, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: If Thomas is indeed placed on IR for the second time this year, his 2021 season will officially come to an end. The starting tight end reportedly received better results than expected after recently undergoing an MRI on his left knee, but it appears that that will only influence optimism around his recovery for 2022. Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) missed Week 13, but he would stand to operate as Washington's top tight end if healthy, and if Thomas indeed lands on season-ending IR.
Dec 8, 2021 7:36 AM EST
Thomas (knee) underwent an MRI on Monday that came back better than the team had hoped, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Although Washington believed that Thomas tore his ACL and MCL in Sunday's win over the Raiders, his initial MRI revealed that he didn't suffer an ACL tear. The 30-year-old will undergo further testing to help determine his diagnosis and still appears likely to miss time, but his early test results were slightly encouraging.
Dec 6, 2021 11:08 AM EST
Thomas "likely" tore his ACL and MCL during Sunday's victory over the Raiders, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Thomas will undergo more tests on his knee when his team returns home from Sunday's away game, but the initial reports about his injury are not promising. Should Thomas be done for the season, Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) and John Bates will split the bulk of the work at the tight end spot in some fashion.
Dec 5, 2021 6:35 PM EST
Thomas has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Las Vegas due to an ankle injury.
Analysis: At the end of an Antonio Gibson eight-yard run in the fourth quarter, Thomas was seen laying on the turf and clutching at his knee. Thomas proceeded to walk slowly to the sideline with a member of Washington's training staff and quickly was deemed unable to return. He'll finish Week 13 with three catches (on five targets) for 48 yards and one touchdown.
Dec 5, 2021 3:50 PM EST
Thomas (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Las Vegas, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: No surprise, after Thomas took on six targets and 77 percent snap share in his first game back from injured reserve. He's the likely No. 2 option for QB Taylor Heinicke, especially with passing-down back J.D. McKissic (concussion) out this week.
Dec 3, 2021 9:54 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas' reps were capped for the second day in a row, but Washington hasn't suggested that the tight end experienced any setbacks in his return from a six-game absence in Monday's 17-15 win over Seattle. He played 77 percent of the snaps in the victory and finished with three receptions for 31 yards on six targets, and he could be primed for a larger snap count Week 13 against Las Vegas now that the hamstring issue is a little further in the rear-view mirror.
Dec 2, 2021 10:09 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Thomas returned from IR for Monday's 17-15 win over Seattle and caught three of six targets for 31 yards while logging 66 snaps on offense (79 percent). Apart from a near-miss on a potential game-icing TD at the end, it was exactly what Thomas' fantasy managers hoped to see in his first game since Week 4. He should be ready for his usual three-down role this Sunday against a slumping Vegas defense.
Dec 1, 2021 9:50 AM EST
Thomas caught three of six targets for 31 yards in Monday night's 17-15 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: Thomas made his return after missing six games due to a right hamstring injury. In his first action since Week 3, Thomas trailed only top wideout Terry McLaurin in targets. Thomas also narrowly missed out on a touchdown, having a three-yard score overturned late in the fourth quarter. The tight end will aim to build on Monday's performance in Week 13 versus the Raiders.
Nov 29, 2021 9:35 PM EST
Washington reinstated Thomas (hamstring) from injured reserve ahead of Monday's game against Seattle.
Analysis: As expected, Thomas' six-game, seven-week absence from the lineup will come to an end Monday, though he's expected to be eased back into the mix with a more limited snap count than usual, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Even so, Thomas is expected to start at tight end and see the bulk of the reps at the position, especially with his main replacement in the lineup, Ricky Seals-Jones (hip), listed as doubtful and not expected to play. Thomas was a top option in the passing game for Washington over the three full games he's played this season, stringing together a 12-117-2 receiving line on 14 targets.
Nov 29, 2021 12:35 PM EST
Thomas (hamstring) remains on track to be activated from injured reserve prior to Monday's game against the Seahawks, but Washington head coach Ron Rivera suggested the tight end will likely be on a "pitch count" in his return to the lineup, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Thomas, who opened the season as Washington's top tight end, has been sidelined for the past six games with a right hamstring injury, but he evidently displayed enough progress in his return to practice this week to gain clearance to play. Due to the missed time, Thomas likely hasn't had sufficient time to get fully conditioned, so Washington will manage his workload more carefully after he previously played every offensive snap in each of the Football Team's first three contests. With Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) listed as doubtful for Monday's game, rookie John Bates will most likely be sharing reps at tight end with Thomas.
Nov 29, 2021 12:28 PM EST
Thomas (hamstring) is expected to be activated from injured reserve ahead of Monday's game against the Seahawks, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Thomas has apparently looked good at practice since being designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday, and he's expected to be back on the field for Week 12. The 30-year-old will have a limited snap count if he suits up, which could limit his fantasy appeal coming off the six-game absence. However, he'd still clearly be the team's best pass-catching option at tight end, especially with Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) listed as doubtful.
Nov 27, 2021 9:58 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) went through position drills Friday and appears to have a shot at play in Monday's game against Seattle, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Thomas may have done more than just position drills, but that's what reporters saw during the media-access portion of Friday's session. The tight end was designated Wednesday to return from injured reserve, opening a 21-day window where he can be either activated to the roster or sent back to IR for the rest of the season. Thomas doesn't appear in danger of the second outcome, and it even looks like he may return before No. 2 tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (hip). With both guys out last week, rookie TE John Bates played all but one of Washington's offensive snaps in a 27-21 win over Carolina.
Nov 26, 2021 11:14 AM EST
Washington designated Thomas (hamstring) for return from injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Thomas appeared close to rejoining his healthy teammates for practice both of the past two weeks, but he was relegated to working out on a side field after Washington elected to delay opening up his 21-day evaluation window. The Football Team seemingly believes Thomas is now ready to take the next step forward in his recovery from a right hamstring injury, and if he fares well in his return to practice this week, he could be an option to play Monday against the Seahawks. Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) has served as the primary replacement at tight end while Thomas has missed the past six games, but while both were sidelined due to injuries in the Week 11 win over Carolina, rookie John Bates (three catches for 23 yards) played 98 percent of the offensive snaps in his first NFL start.
Nov 24, 2021 7:29 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) is expected to be designated for a return from IR in Week 12, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Thomas hasn't yet been fully cleared, but his 21-day window to resume practicing is expected to open this week. The 30-year-old has been on IR since Oct. 6, though early November he was spotted doing some work on a side field. With Ricky Seals-Jones (leg) injured and having missed Week 11, it would certainly be a notable boon for Washington if Thomas is able to return in time to face the Seahawks on Nov. 29.
Nov 22, 2021 9:40 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) doesn't appear to be practicing Wednesday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Prior to Wednesday's practice, Washington announced that reserve CB Darryl Roberts (quad) had been designated to return from injured reserve. There was no such announcement for Thomas, who has been on IR since Oct. 6 but was spotted last week doing some work on a side field. He still hasn't been cleared for practice, and with fellow tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) now injured, Washington may be down to John Bates, Sammis Reyes and a practice-squad promotion as the options for Sunday's game in Carolina.
Nov 17, 2021 8:27 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) was spotted working off to the side during Thursday's practice, but Washington has yet to designate him for return from injured reserve, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Until Washington designates him for return, Thomas won't be eligible to formally join the Football Team for practice. Given that Thomas has been sidelined since Oct. 3 with the sore right hamstring, Washington will almost certainly want Thomas to get a full week of practice in before deeming him ready for game action. With that in mind, Thomas can likely be ruled out from coming off IR ahead of Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, though a return Week 11 against Carolina could still be realistic.
Nov 11, 2021 10:19 AM EST
Thomas' hamstring remained sore following Monday's workout, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Monday's test was intended to gauge the state of Thomas' health, and he doesn't seem to be ready just yet to come back to the active roster. He can't officially take part in practice until Washington designates him to return from injured reserve, so he was contained to activity on a side field Wednesday. Coach Ron Rivera further relayed Thomas will continue to be monitored as the week goes on, and the tight end's status will be determined by Friday. If Thomas isn't able to suit up Sunday against the Buccaneers, Ricky Seals-Jones will handle the bulk of the TE reps, with rookie fourth-rounder John Bates mixing in behind him.
Nov 10, 2021 10:31 AM EST
Thomas (hamstring) is working on a side field Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: It's a sign of progress after three missed games and a bye week, but Thomas still hasn't returned to practice and thus remains uncertain for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. A report last week did suggest Thomas would be designated to return from IR soon, which will open his 21-day window to being practicing and potentially be reinstated to the active roster. Ricky Seals-Jones has been filling in at tight end in an every-down role throughout Thomas' absence.
Nov 10, 2021 9:20 AM EST
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