Commanders tight end Logan Thomas continues to work hard to return from a torn ACL/MCL, but the injury still might force him to miss the start of the 2022 campaign. ESPN.com’s John Keim writes that Thomas could open the season on injured reserve.
This isn’t a huge surprise considering Thomas only suffered the injury in December. As Bijon Todd of NBC Sports Washington writes, Thomas previously suggested he’d need 10 months to recover from the injury, and that timeline would have him missing around the first month of the season. While speaking to reporters the other day, Thomas clarified that his goal is to be on the field for Week 1, but he’s prioritizing his health over all else.
“I know the next question is probably timeline. Timeline for me: would love to be back for Week 1, that’s my goal,” Thomas said (via Todd). “If it doesn’t happen, I don’t feel right, feel like I got limitations, then I’ll come back when I’m ready…Week 1 would be great, if not, so be it.”
Following a career year in 2020 that saw Thomas haul in 72 receptions for 670 yards, and six touchdowns, the tight end inked a three-year $24MM extension with Washington last offseason. Thomas had a rough campaign in 2021; beyond his season-ending knee injury, Thomas also had an early-season IR stint while recovering from a hamstring injury. He ultimately finished the season with 18 catches for 196 yards and three scores.
Fortunately for the Commanders, they have plenty of depth at the tight end position. Keim opines that John Bates and Cole Turner will be two of Washington’s three tight ends (along with Thomas), but the organization is also rostering intriguing options like former receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden, undrafted rookie Curtis Hodges, second-year prospect Sammis Reyes, and fullback Alex Armah.