Coach Cam Cameron, for his part, choose to focus on the short term and refused to speculate on Thomas' future while also saying "he's our Mike linebacker."
"I'm not going to get into speculation about next year," Cameron said. "My focus is on this year. There's no benefit for us to get too far ahead of ourselves."
Thomas expressed disappointment in the decision to put him on IR in a team-released statement Tuesday, but on Wednesday he said it was the right decision. As he had in a conversation a couple of weeks ago, Thomas said he didn't want to put in a situation 10 years from now where he would look back with regret at not abiding by doctors' decisions.
"I understand the decision by the team," Thomas said. "Yesterday was tough. I want to be involved because you're never guaranteed the next year."