With Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp locked in as starters, Josh Reynolds (shoulder) expected to retain the No. 4 role and Pharoh Cooper coming off a Pro Bowl appearance as a return specialist, Thomas needs to compete with a slew of young players for what likely will be one roster spot. The 2016 sixth-round pick has caught eight passes in 24 NFL games, getting most of his snaps on special teams.
Thomas was listed as doubtful after not practicing this week, so this result was to be expected. The 23-year-old sustained the injury in Week 17 against the 49ers and currently has no official timetable for his return.
Thomas (ankle) is doubtful for Saturday's wild-card game against the Falcons, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.
The Rams rested most of their primary skill-position talent Week 17, giving Thomas and others a rare opportunity for significant run. Thomas took advantage of the situation, with a team-leading 75 yards on three receptions. He emerged from the contest with an ankle injury, though, which kept him away from the practice field this week. Due to his status, he's a near guarantee to land on the inactive list Saturday.
The Rams held out their top three wideouts -- Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp -- in Week 17 in order to preserve them for the playoffs, affording extended snaps to a number of depth receivers. Despite briefly departing with an ankle injury, Thomas capitalized on the increased opportunity, outpacing all other Rams pass catchers by 45 yards during the contest. The bulk of Thomas' damage came on a 50-yard strike down the sideline in the second half. Look for Thomas to see only limited usage in the Rams' first-round playoff matchup against the Falcons if he's not inactive for the game as a healthy scratch.
Thomas (ankle) has returned to Sunday's game against the 49ers, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.
Thomas exited earlier in the first half with the ankle injury and was deemed questionable to return, but came back to make a 50-yard reception from quarterback Sean Mannion down the sideline.
|P4||8/30/18||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/18||@ OAK||10:20 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||8||1||5||93||18.6||50||0||1||1||4|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||8||1||15||15.0||15||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||8||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||No.||Yds||Lg||Avg||Blk||I20||TB||Downed||No||Ret Yds||TD||Net Avg|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||8||0||0||0||---||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|