Thomas suffered a leg fracture at Thursday's practice, so this move is not surprising. It was considered a "freak accident," and he will now spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines. His absence will mainly be felt on special teams, as he was serving as the primary kick returner. Tremon Smith is the most likely candidate to replace him there.
There was no malicious intent involved with Thomas' injury, as it is being described as a "freak accident." Nevertheless, it looks like Thomas will be sidelined indefinitely after fracturing his leg for a second time. Thomas' absence will mainly be felt on special teams, where he was serving as the primary kick returner.
Thomas may have picked up the lower leg ailment during Wednesday's practice, as he was a new addition to the injury report Thursday. Limited participation indicates the issue isn't too severe, so he could be fine for Sunday's matchup against the Patriots in what is expected to be a high-scoring affair.
Thomas didn't receive a tote or catch a pass in Week 2 against the Steelers, recording just six offensive snaps.
While Thomas scored a touchdown in Week 1, it came on one of only seven offensive snaps on the day. He could see some more playing time down the road if injuries pile up, but there's nothing right now pointing to him seeing significant action on a weekly basis.
Thomas broke his right tibia Week 17 last season and was held out of minicamp and OTAs this spring. He'll likely be absent or limited for the early portion of training camp, but he apparently has a shot to be ready for 11-on-11 work at some point in August. The speedy 25-year-old has 61 catches, 28 carries, 71 punt returns and 48 kickoff returns through four NFL seasons.
|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|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||5||0||3||29||9.7||15||1||0||0||3|
|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|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||5||0||1||6||6.0||6||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|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||5||3||58||19.3||26||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|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||5||1||0||48||48.0||48||0||1|
|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|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||5||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|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|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||5||1||0||1||1||0||0||1||0|