If Chiefs running back De’Anthony Thomas makes his regular-season NFL debut Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, it would be the culmination of a lifelong dream.
“I've been waiting for this moment my whole life to play in my first NFL game,” Thomas said.
Unfortunately for Thomas, his debut will come later than he hoped, as a sore hamstring caused him to miss the Chiefs' first two regular-season games.
“It was a learning experience for me,” Thomas said.
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Thomas, the Chiefs' fourth-round pick this year, said he got hurt on the final play of practice on the Wednesday before their 26-10 loss to the Titans in the regular-season opener.
“(I was) just going out there, trying to make some plays and the last play it just went out on me,” Thomas said.
Thomas' loss was a tough one for a Chiefs offense that needs other playmakers to emerge outside of running back Jamaal Charles.
“(He gives us) another weapon, another playmaker,” said quarterback Alex Smith. “The more of those you present to a defense, the harder they are to defend as a whole.”
Thomas hopes to live up to Smith's words against the Dolphins on Sunday, provided his hamstring cooperates. He practiced Wednesday, albeit in a limited fashion, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thomas is healthy and “and ready to go.”
“I've got to keep them healthy,” Thomas said. “Those are pretty much my motors to keep me going.”