The Colts have had their fair share of struggles along their offensive line this year, and because of that they had a guy in for a tryout on Saturday that Colts fans will be quite familiar with. According to ESPN's Field Yates, former Colts offensive lineman Donald Thomas was in Indianapolis today for a workout with the team.
G Donald Thomas, who signed with Colts in 2013 and was released after a pair of injury-riddled seasons, was back in Indy for a tryout today.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 31, 2015
Thomas was signed by the Colts as a free agent in 2013 and was supposed to help anchor the offensive line, and he started the first two games at left guard for the Colts that year before suffering a torn quad in the second game, ending his season. The following year, he returned and was in the competition to start once again, but in training camp he again tore his quad, ending yet another season. Two years, two torn quads, only two games played. Thomas began training camp on the PUP list this year, and shortly after he was activated he was released as a part of the first roster cutdown. The decision to release Thomas was likely heavily motivated by two factors: his health and his contract. After back-to-back season-ending injuries it's hard to expect much from Thomas, plus the Colts saved $3.5 million by cutting him.
The Colts really haven't seen him on the field in over a year, so it makes sense that they'd want to bring him in for a workout a bit later. If he's healthy, the Colts could sign him to a much smaller contract and give him another shot, which could be a move they want to make. The Colts could use more depth along the line, though their left guard position seems to be solidified now thanks to Jack Mewhort. For a team who's line has been disappointing, however, it never hurts to add help at the position, and Thomas is a guy who could provide that if healthy.
Keep in mind that the Colts (and every NFL team) works out players all of the time, and most often we never hear about this or see anything come of it. Other times, such as with Ahmad Bradshaw earlier this year, the workout leads to a signing. We'll have to stay tuned to see whether this particular workout leads to anything, but it at least makes sense for the Colts to bring him in to see if he's healthy and see see if he could help them.