Clay's practice reps have been impacted on occasion this season, but the veteran TE still played in each of the Bills' first nine games before his current bout with a hamstring injury. Before he was knocked from this past Sunday's defeat to the Bears, Thomas and Croom earned regular snaps weekly, a number that increased to season-highs (47 and 42 on offense, respectively) in that contest. Thomas hauled in seven of eight passes for 40 yards working with Nathan Peterman, so his output could experience an uptick if Josh Allen (elbow) is cleared to suit up Sunday.
Thomas caught seven of eight targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 41-9 loss to the Bears.
Thomas' extended usage came as a result of Charles Clay exiting early with a hamstring injury. Mistake-prone quarterback Nathan Peterman checked down to the tight end often, but none of Thomas' catches went for double-digit yards. Even if Clay misses the upcoming Week 10 clash against the Jets, it will be tough to rely on Thomas with Buffalo's offense in shambles.
Thomas (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat Chronicle reports.
Thomas has two receptions for 31 yards over the first two games, but a majority of his usage was still on special teams. Khari Lee may see a slight uptick in opportunities in Thomas' absence.
Thomas caught one of two targets for 24 yards in Sunday's game against the Ravens, the team's longest pass play in a forgetful 47-3 loss.
Thomas appears to be sharing No. 2 tight end duties with Jason Croom behind Charles Clay, as both players saw the field for 18 offensive plays (28 percent) to Clay's 40 (62 percent). Clay has fought a balky knee among other issues for several seasons, so the situation between Thomas and Croom (both players have decent pass-catching ability) is worth watching in the event their senior teammate goes down for any length of time in 2018.
Thomas (shoulder) hauled in a pass from Nathan Peterman at practice Wednesday, Mike Rodak of ESPN.comreports.
The backup tight end suffered a shoulder injury during the opening days of training camp, but his presence in practice Wednesday suggests Thomas is in good health ahead of Thursday's preseason opener against the Panthers.
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