Houston Texans Tight End Jordan Thomas Remains on the I.R. - Designate Him to Return

Patrick D. Starr

Houston Texans second-year tight end Jordan Thomas returned to the practice field on Monday. The Texans have "designated him to return" off of the injured reserve. The Athletic's Aaron Reiss first reported that Thomas returned to practice. 

With Thomas returning to the practice field, the Texans have three weeks to decide if they activate him to the active roster from the injured reserve. The Texans are allowed to choose two players to return from the injured reserve according to NFL rules. 

Thomas has missed the entire season after being placed on the injured reserve after suffering a rib injury. The injury occurred fourth preseason game against the Detroit Lions, which ultimately ended a disappointing preseason. 

The young tight end had a strong start to training camp but was injured before the first preseason game due to a hamstring issue. During his absence, Thomas was passed up on the depth chart by Darren Fells and Jordan Akins, who are the offense's primary tight ends at the moment. 

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