Thomas worked with Polamalu last season and remains in touch with the safety in order to pick his brain for advice. Thomas' first two seasons have been limited due to injury and ineffectiveness, as he registered just five tackles in 11 games, mostly on special teams.
"I'm definitely sorry that Troy's gone, and I can't replace him,'' Thomas said. ''He's a Hall of Famer. I'm not worried about the job right now. I'm just out here trying to compete and trying to get involved with my team and just working hard."
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"If given the opportunity, I think (Thomas) better be ready to seize it," Tomlin told the team website. "I know that's his mentality, like the mentality of all our guys. But when you ask about open competition that's exactly what it is. I don't now that we have any pre-subscribed notions about how we're going to come out of this thing."
Thomas, who dealt with a hamstring issue last season, played in just 11 games and contributed only five tackles after registering 22 the previous year.
The rest of those placed on the Friday injury report are probable. That group includes wide receiver
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