Chiefs’ Andy Reid stresses placement of De’Anthony Thomas on NFI not related to concussion

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Questions remain on wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas’ status after the Chiefs placed the second-year pro on the non-football illness list Thursday.

But coach Andy Reid made one very important factor clear after Friday’s practice.

“It is not concussion-related,” Reid said. “I just have to leave it at that and just no further questions on it.”

While Reid did field a question whether Thomas could return in 2016, the coach’s response offered a blurry forecast.

“I really don’t know on that,” Reid said. “That would be a (general manager John) Dorse(y) question. I just fed you the information I know.”

The 5-8, 176-pound Thomas suffered a concussion in Week 11, and then went on to miss four straight games while in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

He returned to a full practice leading to Week 16, but was a surprise inactive against the Cleveland Browns. Reid said after the game Thomas was inactive because of a “personal issue.”

The Chiefs now have an open spot on the 53-man roster, but no moves have been made to fill it as of early Friday afternoon.

“There hasn’t been so far,” Reid said. “We’ll see how that rolls.”

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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