It turns out linebacker Bryan Thomas, the longest-tenured Jet, is trying to come back from more than just the torn left Achilles he suffered last October. Thomas told the Newark Star-Ledger last week that he also underwent shoulder surgery to repair tears to his right labrum and biceps.
Thomas said he'd been battling pain and weakness in his right shoulder for at least three years but that MRIs revealed no significant injuries. "As time went along, I felt myself getting weaker and weaker and weaker," Thomas said. "By a certain point in time I couldn't even lift weights in the weight room. It was to a point, they needed to go in and figure something out."
Thomas, a first-round pick of the Jets in 2002, turned 33 earlier this month and signed a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $590,000 in March.