CLEVELAND - On Sunday, Joe Thomas missed the first snap of his 11-year career when he was forced to leave the Cleveland Browns' 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans with an arm injury.
As it turns out, Thomas' absence will continue through the remainder of the 2017 season.
According to the team, Thomas will miss the rest of the Browns' ongoing campaign after a Monday MRI revealed that the 10-time Pro Bowl had torn his left triceps, which will require surgery. That means Thomas will miss the first game of his NFL career this Sunday when the Browns travel to London to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
The loss of Thomas serves as just another blow to a Browns team that remains winless through the first seven games of the 2017 season. Following the game, some of his Cleveland teammates admitted to having tears in their eyes as Thomas' consecutive snaps played streak ended at 10,363.
“Obviously, it is difficult because it is so soon after the injury but definitely proud of the number of plays I was able to put together – getting over that 10,000 milestone and going into my 11th season without missing a play is something that I always feel like I will be able to hang my hat on and be proud of," Thomas said afterward. "It is a violent game and those type of streaks are going to come to an end. It was not an infinity streak."
Despite suffering a season-ending injury, Thomas appeared in good spirits on Monday morning as he displayed his signature sense of humor on Twitter.
In his absence, Cleveland played Spencer Drango at left tackle as the Browns struggled to protect quarterback Cody Kessler throughout the remainder of the game. It remains to be seen whether head coach Hue Jackson will stick with the second-year lineman or make adjustments to his lineup.
Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, who first reported the severity of Thomas' injury, will appear on WKYC's Donovan Live at 7 p.m. to discuss Thomas' injury and all the latest happenings surrounding the Cleveland Browns.
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