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Donald Thomas | Guard

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 303
College: Connecticut
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Colts placed LG Donald Thomas (quad) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Thomas re-tore the same quad he injured last season. He's now played on just 70 snaps since signing a four-year, $14 million deal in March of 2013. The Colts are extremely young and unproven along the interior of their offensive line, putting even more strain on Trent Richardson to create yards when holes aren't there. The Colts' best chance at sustaining offense remains saddling up Andrew Luck. Jul 31 - 12:19 PM

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Colts LG Donald Thomas re-tore his quad during Wednesday's practice and will need surgery.

It's the same injury that cost Thomas the final 14 games of last season. This tear will likely cost him all 16 games this year, meaning he will have played in two games since signing a four-year, $14 million deal with the Colts in March of 2013. It's another stinging blow to the Colts as Thomas was projected to start at left guard, the primary backup center and improve the unit's run blocking. They'll now have to thrust second-round rookie Jack Mewhort into a major role.

A source tells the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder Colts LG Donald Thomas re-injured his quad during practice Wednesday.

Thomas missed the final 14 games of 2013 with tears to both his quad and bicep. He is headed for an MRI. Rookie Jack Mewhort stepped in at left guard after Thomas went down, and would likely man the position if Thomas is force to miss any time.
Jul 30 - 5:04 PM

Colts LG Donald Thomas (quad) is not participating in OTAs.

This doesn't come as a surprise. Thomas missed the final 14 games of last season and is still rehabbing the injury. He's expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Lance Louis has been running with the first-team offense at left guard in OTAs, while second-rounder Jack Mewhort works with the twos.
May 30 - 9:41 AM

Colts GM Ryan Grigson revealed that, in addition to his torn quad, LG Donald Thomas tore his biceps in Week 2.

The injuries remarkably happened on the same series against the Dolphins. Thomas was playing through the torn biceps but later tore his quad. Thomas is still working his way back but should be ready for the start of training camp. He'll slide right back into his starting spot next to LT Anthony Castonzo.
Mar 25 - 3:27 PM

Colts placed LG Donald Thomas on injured reserve with a torn quad, ending his season.

The move comes just two games into Thomas' four-year, $14 million contract. Thomas had been playing well before going down. The Colts must now go with third-round rookie Hugh Thornton at left guard. Going on 28, Thomas should slide back into his starting job next summer.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 05:09:00 PM

Colts LG Donald Thomas needs season-ending surgery on his torn quadriceps tendon.

It's a big blow to the Colts. Signed to a four-year, $14 million deal in March, Thomas was a solid and versatile interior performer. The Colts will be forced to turn to third-round rookie Hugh Thornton, who primarily worked at right guard during the preseason.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 08:19:00 AM

Profootballtalk.com reports Colts LG Donald Thomas tore his quadriceps in Week 2 against the Dolphins.

It's a potential season ender. Thomas was one of the Colts' top offseason free agent pickups, and their offensive line has noticeably struggled even with him in the lineup. They'll now turn to third-round rookie Hugh Thornton at left guard.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Colts LG Donald Thomas was carted off the field Sunday with an injured right knee and will not return.

He was replaced by rookie Hugh Thornton. Thomas was quickly declared done for the day, which bodes poorly for his chances of returning anytime soon. The Colts signed Thomas to a four-year, $14 million contract during the offseason.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed the Colts will play Donald Thomas at left guard.

Thomas, who signed a four-year, $14 million contract, has played all three interior line positions. The Colts believe he's an equally strong pass protector as run blocker. If the season started today, Indy's O-Line would look like this: LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Thomas, C Samson Satele, RG Mike McGlynn, and RT Gosder Cherilus. They could afford to upgrade on McGlynn at right guard.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 04:00:00 PM

Colts agreed to terms with OG Donald Thomas, formerly of the Patriots.

Indianapolis made it a priority to upgrade the offensive line, and they have added RT Gosder Cherilus and now Thomas to come in and help solidify things. Thomas started seven games for the Patriots last season and proved to be a top reserve. He can play any of the interior line positions, and the Colts need help at all three.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 05:44:00 PM

The Boston Globe reports the Patriots have interest in re-signing free agent G/C Donald Thomas, but it's "fully expected" he'll test the open market.

Thomas was an invaluable reserve behind Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly last season, but his strong play may have priced him out of the Patriots' plans. The former sixth-round pick won't turn 28 until September.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 06:27:00 PM

ESPN Boston believes free agent G/C Donald Thomas has proven he's capable of being a starter.

Thomas ended up playing 616 snaps last season thanks to injuries to Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly, and graded out as a top-20 guard in Pro Football Focus' ratings. With Mankins and Connolly both signed through 2014, there's a pretty good chance the Pats will lose Thomas to free agency. Going on 28, Thomas could draw multi-year offers.
Source: ESPN Boston
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Patriots G/C Donald Thomas has stood out in training camp.

It's worth noting because Thomas appeared buried on the offensive line depth chart and was given a 30 percent chance of making the 53-man roster by ESPN Boston earlier this month. He's still on the bubble, but saw first-time reps on Tuesday and appears to have an edge on Robert Gallery for a roster spot.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 10:06:00 PM

ESPN Boston gives G/C Donald Thomas a 30 percent chance of making the Patriots' 53-man roster.

Thomas made one start as an injury replacement last season, but the team is deep on the interior line. Projected starting guards Logan Mankins (ACL surgery) and Brian Waters (personal) are questionable for training camp, but the 26-year-old Thomas will have plenty of competition, including Ryan Wendell, Nick McDonald, and Jamey Richard.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Jul 1, 2012 12:26:00 PM

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2Trent Richardson
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3RB1Dan Herron
2Trent Richardson
WR11T.Y. Hilton
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3Josh Cribbs
WR31Hakeem Nicks
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Weslye Saunders
K1Adam Vinatieri