Mike Thomas

Cincinnati Bengals
Wide Receiver #88
Cincinnati Bengals
Wide Receiver #88

Mike Thomas News

Nabs first reception since Week 4

Thomas played nine of the Bengals' 70 offensive snaps in Sunday's 41-16 loss to the Browns and caught his lone target for a 16-yard gain.

Analysis: The reception was Thomas' first since Week 4, as he was sidelined with an ankle injury from Weeks 5 through 7 before failing to draw a target in his return to the lineup Week 8 against the Jets. While all of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are healthy, Thomas is expected to handle a minor role in the passing attack and rotate in only when one of the three starters needs a breather.

Nov 10, 2021 8:00 AM EST


Healthy scratch Sunday

Thomas (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Baltimore, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas sat out the last two games while nursing an ankle injury, and he'll remain inactive Sunday despite practicing with no limitations this week. Cincinnati's receiving corps is fully healthy for Week 7, with Trenton Irwin and Stanley Morgan serving as the available depth options.

Oct 24, 2021 8:53 AM EST



No limitations Wednesday

Thomas (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Thomas sat out the past two games due to the ankle issue, but he's on track to be available for Week 7. The 27-year-old is unlikely to have a significant role in the offense with the rest of the receiving corps currently healthy.

Oct 20, 2021 2:14 PM EST


Not playing Sunday

Thomas (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions, according to Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site.

Analysis: Thomas logged a full practice Friday, but that wasn't enough to activate him and now he's set to miss a second straight contest. The wideout has racked up three receptions for 24 yards this season, and his next chance to feature will come at Baltimore on Oct. 24.

Oct 17, 2021 8:38 AM EST


Questionable for Sunday

Thomas (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Lions.

Analysis: Thomas was upgraded to a full participant Friday after logging limited practices the previous two days. The 27-year-old was unavailable against the Packers in Week 5, but he appears to be progressing towards suiting up in Week 6.

Oct 15, 2021 12:33 PM EST



Listed as limited participant

Thomas (ankle) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas sat out Sunday's loss to the Packers due to the ankle issue, but he's back at practice to start this week. The 27-year-old should be able to avoid an injury designation for Week 6 if he can progress to full practice participation Thursday or Friday.

Oct 13, 2021 2:23 PM EST


Won't play, as expected

Thomas (ankle) is inactive Week 5 against the Packers, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Thomas entered the week with a "doubtful" tag after missing practice entirely Friday. With few contributions on offense this season, coupled with the return of Tee Higgins (shoulder), Thomas likely wouldn't have been much of a fantasy factor anyway.

Oct 10, 2021 8:38 AM EST


Listed as doubtful for Week 5

Thomas (ankle) is listed as doubtful on the Bengals' injury report, but he is not expected to play Sunday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Barring a major change of events, Thomas will not be active for Sunday's contest against the Packers. Dehner reports that he will be shut down, but the Bengals have yet to make his game status official. The 27-year-old wideout has caught three passes for 24 yards this season.

Oct 8, 2021 12:45 PM EST


Ruled out for Week 5

Thomas (ankle) won't play Sunday against the Packers, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Thomas has just three catches for 24 yards this season, so his absence is unlikely to have much of an impact on Cincinnati's game plan offensively. The 27-year-old wide receiver will look to get back on the field in Week 6 against the Lions.

Oct 8, 2021 9:21 AM EST


Managing ankle issue

Thomas was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury, Jay Morrison of The Athleticreports.

Analysis: Thomas apparently picked up the injury during Thursday's win over the Jaguars, when he caught his lone target for zero yards. The fact the 27-year-old is opening the week as a limited participant indicates the injury isn't a serious concern.

Oct 6, 2021 3:21 PM EST


One catch in Week 4

Thomas had one catch for zero yards on his only target in the Week 4 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Thomas moved one step up in the pecking order with Tee Higgins once again out and had 17 offensive snaps, but he served more as a decoy and downfield blocker.

Oct 4, 2021 6:23 PM EST


Catches one pass in win

Thomas caught his only target for 19 yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Thomas played on just 10 offensive snaps in the contest, amounting to a 21 percent share. Even with fellow wideout Tee Higgins sidelined with a shoulder injury, the 27-year-old was not a big part of the Bengals' game plan. Through three weeks, Thomas has totaled 24 yards on just two catches. Thomas remains well off the fantasy radar entering a Week 4 tilt against the Jaguars.

Sep 28, 2021 8:22 PM EST


Catches one pass in season opener

Thomas caught one of three targets for five yards during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Thomas appears planted as the No. 4 wideout behind Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. He caught 13 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown last season and will look to build off that performance during the 2021 campaign.

Sep 14, 2021 11:21 AM EST


Rejoins Bengals

Cincinnati re-signed Thomas on Thursday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas was released by Cincinnati on Wednesday while the team cut down to the initial 53-man roster, and in the aftermath he's been able to secure a spot in the wide receiver room once again. As the No. 6 option in the Bengals' receiver corps, of course, Thomas isn't a realistic candidate to attain fantasy relevance this season.

Sep 2, 2021 7:20 AM EST


Parts ways with Bengals

Thomas was released by Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Analysis: Thomas re-signed with the Bengals in March but was unable to crack the season-opening roster. He appeared in 14 games last season and caught 13 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.

Sep 1, 2021 8:48 PM EST


Re-signs with Bengals

The Bengals re-signed Thomas to a one-year deal Thursday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports

Analysis: Thomas appeared in 14 games with the team during the 2020 campaign, during which he caught 13 of his 21 targets for 132 yards and one touchdown. Though the 26-year-old saw an increase in offensive-playing time this past season, it will likely take a few injuries before the receiver makes his way up the depth chart.

Mar 18, 2021 7:54 AM EST


Ending with a fizzle

Thomas finished the season with 13 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown, but didn't have a catch after Week 7.

Analysis: After generating some positive buzz during training cam and the early season, Thomas fell out of favor in the Bengals' pecking order, punctuated by a couple of drops and key penalties. He's not guaranteed to return in 2021.

Jan 13, 2021 11:38 PM EST


No targets Sunday

Thomas wasn't targeted during Sunday's 19-7 loss to Miami.

Analysis: The 26-year-old suited up after being listed questionable with a hamstring injury, and he ended up playing 22 snaps between offense and special teams. Thomas is without a catch since Week 7 and is unlikely to have much fantasy relevance given his place on the depth chart, especially with Joe Burrow (knee) out for the season.

Dec 7, 2020 1:35 PM EST


Ready to face Dolphins

Thomas (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against Miami, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Thomas suited up for the Bengals' first nine contests of 2020, but a lingering hamstring issue has held him out the past two weeks. The 26-year-old was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. Having been cleared for Week 13, he will serve as Cincinnati's No. 4 WR option against a Dolphins defense that's surrendered the eighth-most receiving yards to the position this season (2,027).

Dec 6, 2020 8:56 AM EST


Questionable, expected to play

Thomas (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas is expected to play despite his 'questionable' designation, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. He's missed Cincinnati's last two games due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Dec 4, 2020 11:46 AM EST


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