Daily Dawg Tags: Life after Joe Thomas
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns have had a rough start to the 2017 season, but it is now going to get even worse following an injury to left tackle Joe Thomas.
The Cleveland Browns dropped to 0-7 on the season Sunday as they lost in overtime to the Tennessee Titans.
Another Browns loss is just part of the weekly routine, but what was not routine was seeing left tackle Joe Thomas go down with an injury, snapping a consecutive snap streak that dated back to his very first play as a rookie in 2007.
Thomas left the game in the third quarter after injury his triceps and will reportedly undergo an MRI on Monday. While the extent of the injury is not yet known, it would not be surprising if surgery is in his future and we’ve seen the last of Thomas for the 2017 season.
As if things were not already difficult enough for the Browns, the situation is about to get far worse with Thomas out of the lineup. Spencer Drango filled in for Thomas once he went down, but Drango is not a left tackle and it showed, as the Titans were able to pressure quarterback Cody Kessler with ease once Thomas went out of the game.
The Browns are going to have to do something to fill the position and there do not seem to be many viable options on the roster at the moment. The team could move Shon Coleman from right tackle to the the left side, but that creates a hole at Coleman’s position. Rookie Zach Banner is listed behind Thomas on the team’s depth chart, but that doesn’t sound very promising.
It was a rough day for the Browns on Sunday during a season that has been filled with rough times.
Now, with Thomas out of the lineup, things are about to get a whole lot worse.
Cleveland Browns news:
Browns: 3 takeaways from the overtime loss to the Titans
The Cleveland Browns didn’t play an awful game against the Tennessee Titans, but the final result was still a loss. Here are three things that stood out.
Browns fall to 0-7 after overtime loss
The Cleveland Browns gave it a good effort on Sunday but ultimately came up short in a 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. Actually, we should amend that. The Browns defense gave a good effort, but we’re not sure what the offense is doing right now.
Browns are absolutely nowhere at quarterback (cleveland.com)
"After all the years and all the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks since 1999… After this game, a 12-9 overtime loss to Tennessee… After Cody Kessler came into the game early in the third quarter… I know, I have yet to finish a sentence. That’s because I don’t know what to say."
Browns fear Joe Thomas tore triceps, waiting on MRI (NFL.com)
"Joe Thomas’ consecutive snaps streak (unofficially at 10,363), believed to be the longest in NFL history, ended on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Thomas, the team’s stalwart left tackle, left in the third quarter with a triceps injury and missed the remainder of the Titans’ 12-9 win in overtime."
Browns run out of reasons to stick with Hue Jackson (Sporting News)
"The Titans did everything they could to hand host Cleveland its first win of the season Sunday. Browns coach Hue Jackson did everything in his power to flush the opportunity. With Jackson’s team now 0-7 after a frustrating 12-9 overtime loss, it’s more evident that the coach is a big part of the problem and isn’t contributing to the solution. And now that he’s 1-22 overall in less than 1 1/2 seasons at the helm, it’s also clear the Browns need to make a change before 2018, and maybe sometime soon in 2017."
Refocused: Titans 12, Browns 9 (Pro Football Focus)
"In a battle of field goals, Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop had the final say in his team’s 12-9 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Succop’s four field goals lifted the Titans to a 12-9 win over the Browns in Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium, the last of which coming from 47 yards out with 2:00 left in overtime."
Carson Palmer out at least 8 weeks with broken arm (NFL.com)
"A ragged season for the Arizona Cardinals took another devastating turn in London. Quarterback Carson Palmer will have surgery on a broken left arm suffered Sunday and will likely miss eight weeks, coach Bruce Arians announced. Palmer exited during the Cardinals’ 33-0 loss to the Rams late in the second quarter with the injury and was replaced by Drew Stanton."
Bears look good enough to make .500 season a reality (Chicago Tribune)
"For a guy with such good field awareness, Bears rookie safety Eddie Jackson confessed to being totally oblivious Sunday to the history he made and the anniversary he marked. Exactly one year after breaking his leg at Alabama, Jackson became the first NFL defensive player to score two touchdowns covering 75 or more yards as the Bears beat the Panthers17-3 at Soldier Field."
Denver’s offense hurts Denver’s defense the most (ESPN)
"Don’t look now but the Denver Broncos have used up virtually every ounce of goodwill, quality mojo and any momentum they had just a few short weeks ago. After Sunday’s 21-0 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, the Broncos are officially a 3-3 team in season-changing trouble that had a 25-year-old scoring streak snapped in a soccer stadium."
Redskins Terrelle Pryor needs to start making some plays (Washington Post)
"Terrelle Pryor was signed to a one-year deal in March to help fill the breach created when the Redskins let DeSean Jackson depart for a bigger paycheck in Tampa Bay. Through five games, Pryor has been slow to stake his claim. His 16 catches on 29 targets place him fourth on the team. But there have been drops and missed opportunities in key situations, whether catchable third-down throws or, just last week, two open shots at touchdowns that didn’t pan out."