The cornerstone of the Cleveland Browns is done for the season and maybe for his NFL career.
Left tackle Joe Thomas tore his triceps during Sunday’s loss to Tennessee and be out 6 to 9 months following surgery which will happen as early as Tuesday.
The injury ended the longest consecutive snap streak in the history of the NFL at 10,360 which began when the team drafted Thomas third overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Thomas told reporters Monday afternoon he knew right away it was bad because he could feel his tendon detach from the elbow and roll up his arm. Teammates said Thomas was screaming in pain when the injury happened.
Many have questioned if this is it for Joe Thomas’ career but he told reporters he couldn’t answer it at the moment and it’s a better discussion to have in the offseason.
At this point, there’s nothing left to prove in Thomas’ career. 10 Pro Bowls and 9 All-Pro selections (seven First-Team, two Second-Team) and of course the snap streak, Thomas will be a first ballot Hall of Famer despite being on one winning team which was his rookie season.
He’s been loyal to Cleveland throughout all the turmoil and turnover in the franchise over the last decade. Thomas could’ve asked out but didn’t because he felt it would get turned around at some point.
If he hangs it up after the season ends, the Browns should officially retire the #73 and put up a statue outside of First Energy Stadium.
As it stands for the current situation at left tackle, Hue Jackson said Spencer Drango is the next man up starting this week as they travel to London to face the Minnesota Vikings.