Last season, Donald Thomas played one and half strong games for the Indianapolis Colts before tearing a pectoral muscle and a quad muscle against the Miami Dolphins. To make matters worse for Thomas, both injuries happened on the same play. This year was going to be different until yesterday’s practice where Thomas re injured his quad by tearing it again. Many observers at training camp saw Thomas scream when the injury happened which usually means the player knew something was wrong.
Thomas was really upset after the injury. From my experience, players tend to know when it’s bad. Can’t speculate further than that yet
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) July 30, 2014
This morning, Chuck Pagano and the Colts confirmed that Thomas is lost for the entire season. This is a big loss to the Colts and their offensive line. Not only was Thomas expected to start this year at the guard position, but he was also the backup center.
There are three players who are affected the most by this injury besides Thomas in Jack Mewhort, Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes. Mewhort is expected to replace Thomas as one of the starting guards along the offensive line. It is a difficult position to be put in as a rookie, but it appears the coaching staff has faith in him to get the job done.
Thomas was also the backup center in Indianapolis, and that is going to mean there is no room for error for Holmes who is the projected starter. Holmes didn’t play much last year, and if he doesn’t play at an average level the Colts could be in trouble. It is possible Mewhort can step in if needed since he has had experience at center, but that would leave a hole at guard.
Finally, Thornton is going to have to step his game up from last year because now he is going to be the other starting guard. He struggled early on last year but did play better as the year went on. Thornton is going to have to play well for 16 games now if the interior running game and pass protection is going to improve.
It is not surprising, but Thomas’ injury shows how one injury on the offensive line can affect the team in so many ways. With Thomas out, the Colts are going to have to find a new starting guard a backup center while the starter from last year who struggled at times is going to have to play consistent now for 16 games. It is going to be interesting to see what happens going forward with the Colts.