Browns DE Chad Thomas day-to-day after being carted off

Team says Thomas suffered sprained neck, back at facility

Daryl Ruiter
August 12, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns defensive end Chad Thomas avoided serious injury Monday after being carted off the field during practice.

Thomas returned to the team's facility Monday afternoon after being released from University Hospitals, where he underwent tests and evaluation.

A team spokesman said that Thomas suffered a neck sprain and he will be evaluated on a “day-to-day basis” regarding his return to practice.

It is expected that Thomas will travel Tuesday with the team to Indianapolis for joint practices with the Colts leading up to Saturday’s preseason game.

 “Just precautionary to make sure everything is OK,” head coach Freddie Kitchens said after practice. “Anything something happens like a stinger or any issues like that, you want to be more cautious than anything, and that’s what we’re doing.”

It is unclear specifically what led to the injury.

Kitchens indicated that Thomas “got caught on the side of his shoulder,” but the second-year defensive end from Miami didn’t go down immediately.

Thomas appeared to take a knee after the play before falling on his back to the ground.  

“It is one of the worst things,” left guard Joel Bitonio said. “Injuries in football are what you fear the most, and to see a guy get carted off, hopefully, it is all precautionary stuff and he is doing OK. I saw him moving and I saw him standing after the play, and I think he went down after that. Hopefully, it is just precautionary, and he is doing alright, but they just want to take every measure. It is tough to finish a practice after you see that.”

Bitonio was relieved to hear the early medical reports on Thomas appeared to be positive.

“We kind of saw him moving around out there, so we were hoping it wasn’t too serious,” Bitonio said. “But anytime they bring the stretch board out and put someone down [it’s scary]. It’s great to hear that he’s moving and they’re just doing extra tests now to make sure everything is OK.”

As Thomas lay on the ground the music that was playing during play was cut off and a hush fell over the crowd as the entire team took a knee.

“It’s never a moment at any point in time in any sport — or in anything — that’s a sight that anybody wants to see,” receiver Jarvis Landry said. “Chad’s in our prayers.”

The injury to Thomas sucked the life out of everyone.

“Sometimes that happens during the course of a game and mentally we’ve got to keep moving forward,” Kitchens said. “At the end of the day, this is still practice, so you don’t want to see your teammate laying there.

“But again, the protocol for anything like that is sometimes it looks worse than it is. Not to make any light of it. It’s a serious nature, but [vice president of player health and development] Joe [Sheehan] and his staff did everything to protocol to make sure there was no damage done after the fact.”