Thomas, an exclusive-rights free agent, signed his contract tender with the Packers on Monday, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. Thomas led the Packers' inside linebacker corps in playing time last season due to injuries to Jake Ryan (shoulder) and Blake Martinez. However, he is the odd man out when all three are healthy and figures to open the 2017 season in a backup role.
Thomas recoded 70 tackles and five passes defensed, including an interception, in 16 games played in 2016. Thomas played in 61.4 percent of Green Bay's defensive snaps in 2016, more than any other linebacker on the team. He was a quality player for the Packers and aided in their eighth-ranked run defense. Look for Thomas to return for a similar role with the team in 2017.
Thomas (back) will be active for Sunday's game against the Giants. Thomas was able to practice in full on Friday after injuring his back in Week 17, so he'll be good to go for the Packers' wild-card tilt.
Thomas (back) is questionable to play in Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Giants. Thomas injured his back in the regular season finale. However, after finishing the week with a full practice session Friday, he appears all set to suit up for Sunday's game.
Thomas (back) was limited at practice Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports. Thomas played through a back injury in Week 17 and is likely being limited at practice to allow him to rest and recover. Thomas is the Packers' primary backup at inside linebacker and the team will be hoping to have him available for Sunday's wild-card game against the Giants. His practice status Friday will provide some more insight into his ability to play.
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