Thomas recorded three solo tackles, one sack and one defended pass during Thursday's 21-7 win over the Steelers. Thomas has now recorded a sack in two straight games while filling in for Olivier Vernon (knee), playing a season-high 57 defensive snaps (77 percent) along the way. Vernon may be back in Week 12 against the Dolphins, but Thomas should still be in store for another turn in the starting lineup with the Browns' top defensive end, Myles Garrett, likely facing a lengthy suspension after swinging his helmet at the unprotected head of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph during a skirmish on the final drive of Thursday's game.
Thomas had two tackles, one sack and one quarterback hit in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Bills. Thomas was the fill-in starter for the injured Olivier Vernon (knee) and played a season-high 54 snaps (74 percent). With the Browns turning it around quickly to play Thursday at home against Pittsburgh, Thomas could be in line for elevated playing time once again.
Thomas is prepared to start in place of the injured Olivier Vernon (knee) on Sunday against the Bills, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Thomas hasn't played much this season, which is natural for a player sitting behind producers like Vernon and Myles Garrett. Thomas, a 2018 third-round pick out of Miami, has eight tackles and one sack in eight games.
Thomas (neck) is participating at practice Monday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Thomas was carted off the field at practice last week with the neck injury, but he avoided a severe injury as he was diagnosed with a sprain. The 2018 third-round pick will resume his fight for a role in the Browns' defensive line rotation.
Thomas was carted off the field during Monday's practice due to a neck sprain, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports. Thomas was transported to hospital facilities as a precaution and is now considered day-to-day. The second-year defensive end is competing for a role in Cleveland's defensive rotation, and his status for Saturday's preseason contest against the Colts remains up in the air.