The Los Angeles Rams will reportedly be without the service of Mike Thomas to start the season.
NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Friday that the wide receiver has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Thomas was barely a threat last season as a rookie, hauling in three passes for 37 yards. Heading into his sophomore season as a pro, he wasn’t dismantled by struggling out of the gates.
“He’s a competitive player,” head coach Sean McVay told Rams Wire. “I think he’s getting more and more confident with his hands and just becoming a more polished player — with just his routes and increasing that route versatility.
“You can feel him,” McVay continued. “He’s got some speed that gives you the ability to stretch the top shelf of the defense and that’s what he’s done so far.”
Thomas had earned an increased amount of reps with fellow wide receiver Tavon Austin still recovering from offseason surgery. Playing primarily on special teams as a rookie, Thomas was making strides in his increased role, though he’ll have to wait until Week 5 to carry over those impressions.
The 6-foot-1 wide receiver was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft following a season at Southern Mississippi in which he averaged 19.6 yards per and brought down 14 touchdowns.
Following a 4-12 record and third-place finish in the NFC West, the Rams open up the 2017 season when they host the Indianapolis Colts.