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Bryan Thomas brought back by New York Jets

Bryan Thomas' blink-and-you'll-miss-it absence from the New York Jets is over.

The Jets re-signed Thomas on Monday, two days after they released him. The 33-year-old linebacker had been the Jets' longest-tenured player before his surprising departure.

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Thomas acknowledged he wasn't thrilled by the unplanned mini-vacation.

In addition to signing Thomas, the Jets cut cornerback Donnie Fletcher, defensive lineman Marcus Dixon and offensive tackle Dennis Landolt. They also re-signed wide receiver Patrick Turner, who was waived Sept. 11.

Thomas said Jets coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum told him he was released "for the better of the team."

"I can't hold any animosity," Thomas said. "This is where I always wanted to be, and this is where I want to stay. I want to retire as a Jet, and that's my focus."

Of course, a lot has changed in the two days Thomas was on the street. No word if he had any comment on the supernatural storm cloud now parked over Florham Park.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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