Thomas, who left last week's game early with an ankle injury, was listed as questionable for Sunday. Reporters viewed Thomas participating in individual drills, but he was listed as did not participate in practice. Fox told reporters he could have listed Thomas as limited, but his workload was closer to a DNP designation. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Thomas is a game-time decision.
Getting both players back at practice is a good sign for an offense that looked lost at times last week without them. With a sluggish running game, Manning will need as many weapons as possible against a stellar Dolphins defense.
Here's who else is on the mend for Friday:
- Browns tight end Jordan Cameron returned to practice Friday after missing the last three games. However, per the NFL's concussion protocol, graduating to practice doesn't necessarily mean that Cameron has been cleared for contact or game action. As such, he has been ruled out for Sunday's bout with the Atlanta Falcons.
Inhibited by a season-long shoulder injury in addition to the concussion issues, Cameron has been limited to just 250 yards on 13 receptions in six games. It has been a trying follow-up season to last year's impressive breakout campaign.
- For the Bucs, linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) was not at practice and will be a game-time decision, per coach Lovie Smith. Meanwhile, the Tampa Tribune also reports that running back Charles Sims (ankle) was at full tilt for Friday's session after being limited the day before. Cornerback Alterraun Verner (hamstring) said he's "optimistic" about playing Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
- Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), offensive tackle Matt Kalil (knee) and running back Matt Asiata (concussion) were not at practice, with the latter declared out for Sunday. Meanwhile, wide receiver Greg Jennings (rib) participated fully and running back Jerick McKinnon (lower back) was limited. Floyd, Kalil and Jennings are questionable, while McKinnon is probable.
Offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao was present at the session, but still needs to clear the league's concussion protocol -- he's questionable for Sunday.
- Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) has been ruled out by the Bengals for Sunday against the Texans, while running back Giovani Bernard (hip), Wallace Gilberry (back), offensive tackle Andre Smith (ankle) and cornerback Terence Newman (knee) are probable. Coach Marvin Lewis told the team's official website that there's a chance tight end Tyler Eifert (elbow) could return before season's end.
- The Saints will be without running back Khiry Robinson (forearm), who was declared out for Monday's game against the Ravens. Wide receiver Robert Meachem (ankle) was listed as questionable, while running back Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder), linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (knee) were listed as probable.