ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Commanders activated tight finish Logan Thomas off the bodily unable to carry out checklist Monday, giving them again an important a part of their offense because the common season approaches.
Thomas tore his left ACL and MCL final season in a Dec. 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. There was some hope earlier than coaching camp that he would not must be positioned on the PUP checklist due to how effectively his offseason had gone, however these hopes had been dashed.
Thomas participated in particular person and group drills Monday, however not in full-team work. He mentioned he would not be shocked if returns to 11-on-11 work quickly. Nevertheless, Thomas mentioned he isn’t but certain if he’ll play within the Sept. 11 season opener vs. Jacksonville.
“I would like to be on the market Week 1, however I do know myself and if I am not able to go or do not feel like a full model of myself we are able to purchase one other week or two weeks,” he mentioned.
Washington coach Ron Rivera would solely say if Thomas retains progressing “there are some good issues” forward.
In 22 video games with Washington, Thomas has caught a mixed 90 passes for 866 yards and 9 touchdowns. On the time of his harm, Thomas led the NFL with 144 receiving yards within the purple zone throughout his time with Washington — regardless of having missed 5 video games earlier that season with a hamstring harm.
With a brand new quarterback in Carson Wentz, it is useful for Thomas to get some work with him on the sphere earlier than he returns to sport motion. Thomas ran some routes with Wentz on a facet discipline throughout particular groups drills.
“The ball will get there just a little faster,” he mentioned of Wentz’s passes. “There is a totally different timing … I am excited to see the place it will get to.”
Washington’s tight finish depth has been severely examined throughout camp. Not solely was Thomas lacking, however No. 2 tight finish John Bates has missed most of coaching camp with a left calf harm and rookie fifth-round decide Cole Turner hasn’t practiced since hurting his left hamstring on Aug. 5. Two different tight ends, Alex Armah and Sammis Reyes, had been positioned on injured reserve final week; Armah was launched Monday.
“[Thomas] has the flexibility and athleticism to be an entire tight finish,” Rivera mentioned. “These different guys have particular talent units.”
On Saturday vs. Kansas Metropolis, Washington solely had two tight ends obtainable: undrafted rookie Armani Rogers, a transformed quarterback, and Eli Wolf, who was positioned on injured reserve Monday with an undisclosed harm.
The Commanders signed tight finish Jake Hausmann and claimed tight finish Kendall Blanton off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams on Monday.