In the 2nd quarter, Thomas, the third-year player out of Buffalo, went into make a tackle on Bills receiver Robert Woods. Both players connected helmet-to-helmet, and Thomas lay on the ground a for a bit, clearly shaken up by the play.
It was a homecoming for Thomas, who played his college ball with the Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. He spent time with the team’s practice squad before being cut; the Panthers then signed him, where he has been ever since.
It’s a loss for a team that had hoped for big things from the young corner despite some early season struggles. Earlier in the week, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera gave him a vote of confidence, even after giving up a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in a 12-7 loss last week.
Today was only Thomas’s sixth NFL start. He was looked to as a possible replacement for veteran Chris Gamble, who the Panthers cut in the offseason as a cost-cutting move.