Thomas, who won the starting job in Week 2 ahead of Ahmad Carroll, tumbled into defensive coordinator Jim Bates' doghouse Sunday when he gave up a long completion on third down and then drew a hands-to-the-face penalty that bailed the Cincinnati Bengals out of a failed third-down play. Thomas promptly was benched in favor of rookie Mike Hawkins.
Thomas, a second-year pro from Montana State, had made 16 tackles (12 solo) and three passes defensed in six game appearances this season, including one start (vs. Cleveland, Sept. 18). A third-round draft selection in 2004 by the Packers, Thomas saw action in 14 games last season and registered 15 tackles (13 solo), two passes defensed and six special teams stops.
Thomas entered training camp as a starter at left cornerback, then lost the job to Carroll due to injuries in camp. Thomas won the job back in Week 2, but sustained a concussion during Green Bay's loss to Cleveland and sat out the following week.
Hawkins, a rookie who only played a handful of college games and one season in the Arena League, presumably is Green Bay's top defensive back in nickel and dime passing situations. The only other cornerback currently on the roster is Jason Horton.
The Packers likely will sign a defensive back to replace Thomas. They may sign someone who can play cornerback and safety. The Packers placed safety Earl Little on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday.