Chiefs place WR De’Anthony Thomas on non-football illness list

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Nov. 15, 2015; Denver; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Nov. 15, 2015; Denver; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs on Thursday placed wide receiver/punt returner De’Anthony Thomas on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season with one game remaining.

Thomas hasn’t played since suffering a concussion against the San Diego Chargers in Week 11.

The second-year pro missed four straight games from Weeks 12-15 recovering from the concussion and was inactive in Week 16 for what the Chiefs categorized as a “personal issue.”

Thomas, the Chiefs’ fourth-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, finishes the 2015 season appearing in 10 games with one start.

He totaled 140 yards receiving and a touchdown on 17 catches, adding 34 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries. Thomas also had 29 punt returns for 227 yards and six kickoff returns for 138 yards.

With Thomas out, the Chiefs are likely to continue using wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., as the primary punt returner, with running back Knile Davis handling kick returns.

Kansas City now has an open spot on the 53-man roster.

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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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