What is going on with De'Anthony Thomas? The Kansas City Chiefs receiver and punt returner has been out since Week 12 when he suffered a concussion against the San Diego Chargers. That makes five games he has missed. The Chiefs have been as cautious with concussions as anyone this year but there seems to be more with this situation.
Andy Reid mentioned DAT in his update to the media on Wednesday: "I don't have anything for you on De'Anthony yet. When we get something, I'll be able to fill you in on it. And (GM John Dorsey) is kind of handling that part of it."
Reid was asked if DAT was in the building: "I don't know that. I don't know exactly where he is. Like I said, Dorse is handling that."
Let's establish what we know here with a timeline.
November 22: DAT suffers the concussion against the Chargers. He is placed into the concussion protocol. DAT later writes on Twitter:
JUST HIT ON THE HEAD BODY IS GREAT AND READY TO GO #RUNDAT— DE'ANTHONY THOMAS (@DATBLACKMOMBA13) November 23, 2015
December 16: Andy Reid is asked about DAT and says, "He could be back by the end of this week. He could be. We're just taking that day by day. We're kind of at that point. He's going through the whole thing they do."
December 23: DAT returns to practice and puts in a full week of practice with the team.
December 25: The Chiefs say DAT is probable for Sunday's game against Cleveland and is expected to play.
December 26: The Chiefs announce the next day that DAT has been ruled out for the game and they say it's not injury-related.
De’Anthony Thomas’ agent, Jerome Stanley, tells me that both sides collectively decided to give Thomas a full week to return to the field.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) December 27, 2015
#Chiefs De'Anthony Thomas (non-injury) was ruled out. As it was explained to me, he's not injured, but not ready to play. Back next week— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 26, 2015
December 27: DAT does not play in the Chiefs game against the Browns.
So I don't know what's going on here. At this point, I'm just hoping all is well in DAT's life. Get better.