Joe Thomas done for the season with torn triceps

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The Cleveland Browns will be without left tackle Joe Thomas for the rest of the season after it was confirmed he suffered a torn triceps muscle.

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has a torn left triceps and is done for the season, according to the team.

Thomas suffered the injury during the third quarter of Cleveland’s loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Thomas had an MRI on Monday that confirmed the news and is reportedly considering the best course of action for his recovery, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

While the diagnosis is not surprising, it is still shocking to the team and the fans. Through all the losing, the failed draft picks and the constant turnover with the coaching staff and front office, Thomas has been the one constant positive that the franchise and fanbase could grasp hold of.

It also highlights how incredible it was that before Sunday’s game Thomas had never missed a snap since entering the league in 2007. His talent make him special, but the fact that he showed up for work everyday helped to cement Thomas as a fan favorite with Browns fans.

Speaking after the game, Thomas was rightfully proud of what he has accomplished, according to

"“I’m definitely proud of the number of the plays I was able to put together, getting over that 10,000 milestone and going into my 11th season without missing a play is something I always feel like I’ll be able to hang my hat on and have pride in. It’s a violent game. Those types of streaks are always going to come to an end.”"

The Browns have yet to talk publicly about the injury, but the fact that they no longer have the game’s best left tackle presents a major problem.

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Spencer Drango, who played left tackle at Baylor, filled in against the Titans and had quarterback Cody Kessler running for his life. It was a tough position to be in, and he tries hard, but Drango is not a left tackle at the NFL level.

There has been some talk about moving left guard Joel Bitonio to tackle, but he was undersized as a left tackle in college, which would seem like a problem at the pro level. In addition, if the Browns move Bitonio they will need someone to take over his spot at guard, thereby turning one problem into two.

The same goes for switching Shon Coleman from right tackle to left tackle – who will then take his place?

In any event, it is not going to be pretty.

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As for Thomas, while surgery will surely end his season, it is hard to imagine the injury ending his career. He has talked about how he is essentially taking it one season at a time at this point, but for someone who was so good for so long to not go out on his terms seems wrong.