The transaction seems to confirm Thomas suffered a broken tibia during the regular-season finale. While Marcus Kemp has been promoted from the practice squad to bolster the back end of the receiving corps, the loss of Thomas and Akeem Hunt (ankle) to IR leaves a question mark on kickoff returns. Jehu Chesson may be the best candidate to fill that role with three such returns for 65 yards this season.
Thomas likely suffered a broken tibia during Sunday's game at Denver, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Targeted just once before his departure, Thomas was never able to take advantage of an offense without the likes of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on the sideline as healthy scratches. If Thomas' diagnosis is confirmed, both the depth of the receiving corps and the return game in Kansas City will take a hit.
Thomas will not return to Sunday's game against the Broncos due to a leg injury.
Thomas went down with what looked to be an ugly leg injury and was subsequently carted off the field. The 24-year-old was slated for increased offensive snaps Week 17 with the Chiefs resting their weapons for the playoffs, leaving Jehu Chesson as the team's next available receiver behind Albert Wilson and Demarcus Robinson.
Thomas should see more snaps than usual Sunday against the Broncos with Tyreek Hill (personal) sitting out, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.
Thomas hasn't seen many looks on offense this season, catching no more than three passes in a game. While it's unlikely that will expand a ton during the regular-season finale, he should see additional snaps and could sneak onto the radar with backup Patrick Mahomes under center.
Thomas hauled in both of his two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's game against the Giants.
Thomas played just 37 percent of offensive snaps in Sunday's tilt, but managed to outproduce DeMarcus Robinson -- who was on the field 96 percent of the time the Chiefs had the ball. Even so, it's unlikely Thomas' role will change much moving forward, with him serving as a depth wideout and a returner on special teams for the club.
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||12||3||23||156||6.8||30||0||1||0||7|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||10||1||17||140||8.2||36||1||2||0||6|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||7||35||5.0||15||0||0||0||2|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||2||14||143||10.2||57||2||2||1||4|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||12||3||14||113||8.1||26||1||1||4|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||10||1||9||34||3.8||13||1||0||3|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||4||29||7.3||23||0||1||1|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||2||1||4||4.0||4||0||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||12||14||428||30.6||78||0||2|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||10||6||138||23.0||30||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||15||338||22.5||41||0||1|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||13||305||23.5||39||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||12||34||0||405||11.9||81||1||7|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||10||29||2||227||7.8||37||0||2|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||8||0||20||2.5||8||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||3||2.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||10||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|