Dallas Thomas was watching from the sidelines at Tennessee’s pro day on Wednesday, the same thing he did last month at the NFL combine and for much of his week at the Senior Bowl in January.
After suffering a torn labrum in his right shoulder during practices for the Senior Bowl, Thomas might not strap on the pads again until he’s in an NFL training camp.
“It’s been tough, but people have been helping me through it and I’m ahead of schedule,” said Thomas, a Baton Rouge, La., native who was a three-year starter for the Vols.
Doctors have told Thomas to expect a 4-6 month rehabilitation from the injury suffered in late January. Thomas said NFL teams have been understanding.
“They understand,” he said. “Apparently it’s a pretty common injury in the NFL. They tell me to keep rehabbing it and doing the right thing.”
Thomas, who will work out in Knoxville leading up to the draft, said he has stayed in shape while trying avoid putting pressure on his right shoulder.
He said he’s not concerned that the ill-timed injury might hurt his draft stock.
“I just want to get picked,” he said. “I just want to play.”
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