Washington initially feared Thomas suffered a torn ACL during Sunday’s game in Las Vegas, but Ron Rivera said earlier this week the converted quarterback had a chance to play again this season. That is no longer the case. Because Washington placed Thomas on IR earlier this season, this second such designation means he cannot play again until the 2022 campaign.
A hamstring injury sidelined Thomas earlier this season. He ended up playing in just six games for the resurgent WFT. Fortunately for Thomas, he locked in some guaranteed money through his July extension. Washington has the 30-year-old pass catcher under contract through 2024, via the three-year, $24M deal.
Thomas provided a key auxiliary target for Alex Smith and Co. last season, when he caught 72 passes for 670 yards and six touchdowns. He could not be the same kind of threat this year, with injuries limiting the eighth-year player to 18 catches and 196 yards. Thomas did score a touchdown — his third this season — in Washington’s 17-15 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
Thomas’ primary backup, Ricky Seals-Jones, has not played since Week 10. Seals-Jones leads the WFT’s tight ends with 23 catches for 230 yards this season.