Indianapolis Colts starting left guard Donald Thomas appeared in just two games last season due to a torn quad and bicep, and it was a crushing blow to a thin Colts interior. Thomas was very good in 2012 as a utility backup player for the New England Patriots, as he shined in significant playing time and would have been an upgrade over Dan Connolly at right guard had he not left for the Colts in free agency. Expected to be a key, top starter at guard, Thomas wasn’t able to beef up Andrew Luck’s protection, and running back Trent Richardson would have also benefited greatly from having Thomas blocking.
Yesterday, Thomas re-injured his quad during practice, and a league source tells Pro Football Talk’s Darin Gantt that he did re-tear his quad yesterday and will need to undergo surgery. That’s a second-straight season-ending injury of the same variety for Thomas, as he and running back Vick Ballard have been victims of some awful luck this training camp. Hopefully nothing happens to star tight end Dwayne Allen, who will become a household name this season after suffering a season-ending hip injury last year.
Thomas was a solid, underrated pass protector and run blocker, so the Colts will be hoping that rookie Jack Mewhort can provide some solid blocking up front. The Colts seem to be high on the versatile Ohio State Buckeyes product based on where they drafted him, and I think he can be a good player in this league. Will he look the part as a rookie? It’s tough to say, but I think he should hold his on out there.