The Cleveland Browns have not had a great time of things as of late, to say the very least.
The Browns lost their star wide receiver Josh Gordon for the entire season after previously being banned for 11 games last year, while Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert - their two first round draft picks from 2014 - have greatly disappointed and are struggling to even make the team this year.
Thankfully, the Browns have someone they can rely on; star offensive lineman Joe Thomas, who today revealed all about playing through injuries.
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Playing Through MCL Tears
Thomas was speaking to reporters after suffering a "minor" knee injury during practice and casually revealed that he's played through multiple medial collateral ligament tears and other assorted injuries.
That is incredible. It's either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid, it's hard to figure out which, but Thomas went on to say that it is just the life of an offensive lineman to keep on going.
"I've had three MCL tears in my career, so I know the severity of what it feels like and how it happens. I've had two high-ankle sprains," Thomas said, according to a report from the Akron Beacon-Journal.
"You kind of know your body after a while and when they look at it and they see there's not swelling and there's minimal pain and you can do certain exercises, that's kind of how they determine [if a player needs an MRI]."
Thomas has started all 128 games and played all 7,917 offensive snaps in his eight NFL seasons. It's that type of iron-man effort that has seen him named to multiple Pro-Bowls.
"You just suck it up. You're a lineman," Thomas said. "The great thing about being a lineman is you need to be quick and fast, but you don't need to be that quick and fast. So if you lose a little bit because you're hurt, it doesn't hurt you that bad. You can make it up with technique."