Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas saw his body break down before his team got a win this season. It ends a monumental streak Thomas had going as well.
Thomas was taken out in the third quarter of the Browns’ matchup with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday with a triceps injury and never returned to the game.
It would’ve been just another trivial anecdote for the disappointing season the Browns are having except that Thomas’ injury stopped one of the sport’s most amazing streaks. Before leaving the game for good, Joe Thomas had played in 10,363 consecutive snaps.
Wow. Browns LT Joe Thomas, who has never missed a snap in his career, is down on the field receiving medical attention…
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 22, 2017
And the incredible streak of Joe Thomas never missing a snap ends at 10,363 plays over 11 years
— trey wingo (@wingoz) October 22, 2017
Thomas had never missed a snap prior to the injury. During that time, he was involved in all Browns offensive plays since he was drafted 10 years ago (!) in 2007.
In other words, every time Thomas appears on the field, he carries with him a first-hand experience of all the misery the franchise had gone through from the coaching changes down to (allegedly) inhaling the reek of alcohol in Johnny Manziel’s breath while on the field in the last 10 years.
Thomas is indeed the Browns’ living relic.
The severity of Thomas’ injury is still unknown and if he’ll be deemed out for any amount of time. Spencer Drango could fill in the veteran’s void. It’s a big step down from Thomas and no one’s expecting Drango to be the Lou Gehrig to Thomas’ Wally Pip, but there’s probably no good reason for the Browns to rush Thomas back, especially with the team now deep in the hole with a 0-7 record.