As if the Cleveland Browns' winless season could not get any worse, the team has been dealt another tough blow.
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has been diagnosed with torn left triceps and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, the team announced on Monday.
Thomas' streak of consecutive snaps ended at 10,363 when he suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 12-9 home overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans and he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.
The 10-time Pro Bowler, who had never previously missed a play in 11 seasons, was injured on a three-yard Duke Johnson run to the left side of the line and replaced by Spencer Drango.
Thomas tweeted an update after the game, saying he would undergo an MRI on Monday. The tests confirmed the extent of the damage.
The Geneva convention on torture (confinement, stress positions) was just violated when they wedged me into that MRI tube for 2 hrs. Yikes!— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) October 23, 2017
MRI results show that Joe Thomas sustained a tear to his left triceps. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season. pic.twitter.com/I0GCFEy9eU— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 23, 2017
"I told him that I love him and I appreciate everything that he is,'' coach Hue Jackson said after the game.
"I promised him that when he's back, if he's back, that we're going to get this thing figured out because he is Cleveland Browns football.
"He is a guy that keeps us all going and moving forward. We owe him more than what we have given him thus far. That is for sure.
"He's one of the best of the best. Like I said to him and I will keep saying to everybody, he deserves better, and we have to get him better."
Without Thomas, the Browns will attempt to secure their first win of the season when they travel to London to host the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham on Sunday.
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