Mike Thomas

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

Mike Thomas News

Re-signs with Bengals

Thomas is re-signing with the Bengals on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Thomas will return for a third straight season in Cincinnati, where he recorded five catches for 52 yards on 11 targets last year. The depth wideout and special-teams contributor remains off the fantasy radar, however.

Mar 17, 2022 8:13 AM EST

Fails to reach 100 yards

Thomas secured five of 11 targets for 52 yards across 12 games in 2021.

Analysis: Thomas took a statistical step back in 2021, a campaign which only saw him play roughly half the offensive snaps (133) he did in 2020. This offseason, the 27-year-old is scheduled to hit free agency.

Jan 17, 2022 9:36 AM EST

Activated off COVID-19 list

Thomas was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Thomas missed just one game during his stint in the league's health and safety protocols. Now that he's cleared protocols, he's expected to reclaim his usual reserve role behind the Bengals' trio of talented receivers in Week 17.

Dec 29, 2021 8:20 AM EST

Lands on COVID list

Thomas (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: It's unclear whether Thomas tested positive for the virus of if he's considered a close contact, but he'll now be unavailable until he clears the health and safety protocols. He has only five catches for 52 yards in 10 games this season, so his absence shouldn't affect Cincinnati's offensive game plan.

Dec 24, 2021 8:56 AM EST

Inactive against Chargers

Thomas (illness) is inactive Week 13 against the Chargers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Thomas did not practice all week due to illness and entered the week with a doubtful tag as a result. He had primarily been a special teamer when active this season, a role that could end up in the hands Trenton Irwin or the recently activated Pooka Williams.

Dec 5, 2021 8:42 AM EST

Doubtful due to illness

Thomas (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Bengals team reporter Marisa Contipelli reports.

Analysis: Thomas looks like he'll miss out on a potential opportunity for a few extra snaps on offense, as fellow wide receiver Auden Tate (calf) is also listed as doubtful. The 27-year-old Thomas hasn't caught more than one pass in a game this season.

Dec 3, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Not practicing due to illness

Thomas (illness) missed a second consecutive practice Thursday, Ben Baby of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Thomas is in danger of sitting out Sunday's game against the Chargers due to this non-COVID illness. A return to the practice field in any capacity Friday would be an encouraging sign for his availability.

Dec 2, 2021 11:33 AM EST

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

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