Second-year defensive end Chad Thomas was injured in practice. Thankfully, the Cleveland Browns got some good news on his scary injury.
Often lost in the shuffle when talking about the game of football is just how dangerous the sport really can be. The Cleveland Browns were reminded of that on Monday as practice came to a stop when second-year defensive end Chad Thomas suffered a neck injury.
The Browns took the injury seriously, as they should have whenever a player injuries themselves anywhere on the spine. They ended up bringing out the cart and immobilizing Thomas before sending him to University Hospital for evaluation.
The good news in all this is the fact that Thomas had feeling in his extremities as he was being taken away. Head coach Freddie Kitchens says that he still was headed to the hospital but called it ‘precautionary’.
That’s about the best news you can get in a situation like this. While we all know it is a physically demanding game, no one ever wants to see a player suffer any kind of injury and nothing is worse in this sport than when a player has to leave on a cart.
Thomas, who was a third-round pick out of Miami, missed all but four games as a rookie. He had put that slow start behind him and was performing well in training camp and had a couple of pressures during their opening game on Thursday against the Washington Redskins.
As of now, there is no time table for time missed by the young man. While it would be nice to see him return to the field, this is clearly secondary to his health and thankfully it appears that this one isn’t as serious as it first seemed.