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Chiefs receiver De’Anthony Thomas misses practice again for unknown reason

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas did not practice Wednesday, though the reason why remains unclear.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas did not practice Wednesday, though the reason why remains unclear. along@kcstar.com

Receiver De’Anthony Thomas did not practice Wednesday, as Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thomas is still working out a personal issue.

“I don’t have anything for you on De’Anthony yet,” Reid said. “When we get something, I’ll be able to fill you in on it. (General manager John) Dorsey is kind of handling that part of it.”

Reid was asked if Thomas, who has missed the Chiefs’ last five games, was in the building.

“I don’t know that, I don’t know exactly where he is,” Reid said. “Like I said, Dorsey is kind of handling that.”

Thomas had been a full participant in practice all of last week and was listed as probable on Friday’s injury report, a classification the league describes as a “virtual certainty” to play. But prior to the game, the Chiefs declared he would not play because of a non-football related reason.

Thomas’ agent, Jerome Stanley, told The Star afterward that Thomas and the Chiefs collectively decided it was simply wiser to give him a full week to return to the field before seeing any game action, and that the timing of Thomas’ clearance from the league’s concussion protocol did not allow that for Sunday’s game.

Stanley said he expected Thomas to be ready to go starting Monday, but Thomas’ absence Wednesday is an indication his status remains up in the air.

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