When the Patriots made linebacker Adalius Thomas a healthy scratch Sunday, it was fair to wonder if there was more to the story.
The big ticket free agent item missed some practice time the previous week week for non injury-related reasons; there was also speculation Sunday he had an illness.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick laid those theories to rest Sunday after New England’s 59-0 win.
“We just went with the players we thought would have the bigger role in the game,” Belichick said.
Like Jevon Kearse with the Titans last week, Adalius Thomas was not on hand to watch his teammates play. The 40-year-old linebacker Junior Seau, on the other hand, recorded two tackles in the game. Thomas expected to play Sunday, until he got the news Sunday morning from Belichick, according to Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe.
Time will tell if Thomas’ demotion sticks, but it’s quite a fall from grace for a player who was given $24 million over the first three years of his contract, signed in 2007.
It’s starting to look like Thomas may not get a fourth year.