His retirement was short-lived as Thomas signed with the Lions in January, but August 5th has again turned out to be a day for Thomas to say goodbye. The Lions announced that they have released the 34th overall pick of the 2008 draft one day after he was activated from the physically unable to perform list.
Thomas caught 40 passes in his first two years with the Redskins, but never developed into the receiver they thought he would be on draft day. He got dropped by the Redskins in 2010, played briefly for the Panthers before spending the rest of that year and the 2011 season with the Giants. Thomas played a memorable role in their NFC Championship Game win over the 49ers that year by recovering each of 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams’ two fumbles.
The Lions also announced that they have released linebacker Alex Elkins and signed cornerback Brandon King, leaving them with one open roster spot. King played eight games for the Colts over the 2010 and 2011 seasons.