The Kansas City Chiefs are in the middle of their preparation for a marquee matchup this coming Sunday against the New England Patriots, but their plans for the weekend will no longer include wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the wideout suffered a leg injury during Thursday’s practice.
Chiefs’ WR De’Anthony Thomas fractured his leg during Thursday’s practice.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2018
It’s an injury that ‘s going to keep Thomas sidelined for the foreseeable future. He’s likely going to be put by the Chiefs on the team’s injured reserve. If anything, at least he’s not up to go under the knife.
Speaking in front of the media on Friday, Chiefs Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance Rick Burkholder said that De’Anthony Thomas does not need to on a trip to the operating table.
#Chiefs’ Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance Rick Burkholder provided some details on wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas, who fractured his leg in practice yesterday. pic.twitter.com/SvvWI5AvMf
— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) October 12, 2018
“The rod is still in place. It didn’t bend. But he did have a fracture around the old fracture site. All indications are that he won’t need anything done with the rod, won’t need surgery and he’ll heal up on his own.”
Burkholder was also referring to the rod inserted into that same leg after he originally hurt it during the Chiefs’ regular-season finale in 2017.
Thomas has been lightly used by the Chiefs this season, as he’s seen only 35 offensive team snaps. He’s mostly utilized with the special teamers with 87 snaps logged in together with the unit.
Through the first five weeks of this season, Thomas was able to record 29 receiving yards on three receptions. He also had a punt returned for 48 yards and two kickoffs for 33 yards.