Thomas (6-foot, 215 pounds) is a second-year player who entered the NFL with San Diego as a fifth-round selection (166th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Chargers at the end of training camp before being claimed by Detroit. He appeared in each of Detroit's first three regular-season games. He returned four kickoffs for 93 yards (23.3 avg.) in the regular-season opener at Atlanta. Thomas was waived by the Lions on Oct. 9 before being signed by Dallas to its practice squad on Dec. 17. He spent the last two weeks of the regular season on the Cowboys' practice squad. Cleveland signed Thomas to a future contract on Jan. 7, 2009, before waiving him on July 15.
Thomas played four seasons at the University of Texas-El Paso where he totaled 2,615 yards and 26 touchdowns on 596 carries (4.4 avg.) while catching 94 passes for 957 yards (10.2 avg.) and six scores. An all-state performer at Tolleson Union High School in Tolleson, Ariz., Thomas rushed for 3,573 yards and 47 touchdowns as a senior while leading the team to a 12-win season and a berth in the state semifinals. Marcus Thomas was born May 28, 1984, in Phoenix.
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