Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas had never missed a snap entering Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
The Browns took him No. 3 overall in the 2007 NFL Draft and he hasn’t missed a rep since. However, that streak came to an end on Sunday.
Thomas started his 167th consecutive game against the Titans and extended his streak to 10,363 straight snaps but had to come off the field in the third quarter after suffering an elbow injury. Thomas was engaged with a defender and gave him one final shove to finish the play and then immediately began grasping at his left elbow.
He had to come out of the game to be attended to and then had to go to the locker room for further evaluation. He was declared out for the rest of the game with a triceps injury, according to a report from Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland.
Thomas has been selected to 10 straight Pro Bowls and is a six-time first-team All-Pro. Arguably the greatest offensive lineman of his generation, he’s largely toiled in obscurity thanks to the Browns’ ineptitude.
However, that iron man streak was the stuff of legend and it’s incredibly sad to see it end on a seemingly innocuous play.
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