Donald Thomas Activated Off PUP List
The Indianapolis Colts activated offensive guard Donald Thomas off the team’s offseason PUP list today, meaning that’s eligible to practice with the team and even play in Saturday’s preseason game (which seems unlikely).
After signing a 4-year, $14 million dollar contract before the start of the 2013 season, Thomas has started in just 2 games over the past two seasons, having suffered two consecutive season-ending quad injuries.
Due $3.5 million guaranteed if he’s on the roster to start the season, the 8-year veteran is running out of time to make an impression on coaches with only two games left in the preseason. However, he’s apparently now healthy enough to give it a go.
If he can regain his prior form, the Colts could use the 29 year old veteran too, as the team’s offensive line has struggled so far in preseason. It’s too early to start pinpointing certain players along the offensive line for ineffectiveness, but Thomas providing healthy competition along the interior certainly couldn’t hurt matters.
Either way, it’s encouraging that he’s activated off the PUP list, and it’s been a long road to recovery for the veteran offensive lineman. This next week or so could be prove to be pivotal for his future career, but at the very least, he’ll now be able to practice with the team.
Here’s hoping that his quad holds up, and he can finally make an impact for the Colts this season as they’ve been keeping him around for a reason.
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