Yesterday, Cleveland Browns All-Pro LT Joe Thomas went down with an arm injury. It was reported earlier today that Thomas suffered torn triceps and will likely miss the rest of the season, ending his streak of 10,363 consecutive snaps, which is an NFL record. This was the first time in Thomas’ 11 year career that he missed an NFL snap.
The injury happened on a 3-yard carry by RB Duke Johnson late in the 3rd quarter. Spencer Drango filled in for Thomas for the rest of the game.
“I’ve done it a million times where you’re just blocking a guy and you go try to finish him and you get one last shove, one last push, and just felt something unnatural in your arm,” Thomas said Sunday.
The streak started during week 1 of his rookie season in 2007. During Thomas’ streak, he played through a Grade-2 LCL tear, three MCL sprains, and two high ankle sprains.
Losing Thomas is a huge blow for Cleveland. He was a huge factor in their offense and was the heart and sole of this team his entire career. Thomas is by far one of the best OL in the league as well. He’s a 10x Pro Bowler, a 7x First-Team All-Pro, and a 2x Second-Team All-Pro.
“It wasn’t an infinity streak,” Thomas said Sunday. “There was certainly going to be a time where either because of injury or lack of production it was going to end. I think I was enough of a realist to understand that I wasn’t going to be able to continue on forever without missing a play. It was just a matter of time, and unfortunately it happened in Week 7.”
Thomas was able to keep his sense of humor, even with his injury. He tweeted this out yesterday:
Thomas said today that he knew that he tore it right away. “I felt the tendon detach from my elbow, roll up into my triceps, definitely hurt”
Thomas is currently under contract through the 2018 season. He will become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018 season.