Washington Commanders tight end Logan Thomas will play in Sunday’s season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, nine months after tearing his left ACL, a source told ESPN.
Thomas was listed as questionable in Friday’s injury report, with coach Ron Rivera saying earlier in the week he looked good in training. Thomas had said he would be back no later than Week 2. Commanders host Jacksonville at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Thomas tore his left ACL and MCL in a Dec. 5 game at the Las Vegas Raiders. He opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but was removed on August 22. He trained with a brace on his left leg.
Thomas took reps in Washington’s red zone passing the drill on Friday, a good sign because commanders usually only have those who will play on those routes.
In 22 games with Washington, Thomas caught 90 passes for 866 yards and nine touchdowns. He also missed six games last year with a hamstring injury. At the time of his torn ACL, Thomas was leading all tight ends with 151 receiving yards in the red zone since arriving in Washington. It gives new quarterback Carson Wentz another option in the passing game to go with receivers Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel and running backs JD McKissic and Antonio Gibson.
Thomas, who is 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, provides big target and is Washington’s best tight end. Rookie Cole Turner (hamstring) is also questionable, but he missed several weeks in camp with a hamstring injury and the team will likely disable him, allowing Turner another week to get practice reps. required.
Washington will be without starting safety Kam Curl, who won’t play Sunday with a right thumb injury that required surgery two weeks ago.