The Los Angeles Rams brought WR Mike Thomas off of the Physically Unable to Perform list and waived WR Bradley Marquez today.
Thomas was placed on the PUP-Active list late last month along with RB Lance Dunbar. While Thomas is facing a four-game suspension for a substance policy violation, he’s allowed to take part in all preseason and training camp action. A sixth-round pick last year from the 2016 NFL Draft, Thomas featured very rarely in the regular season logging just three receptions on nine targets. He’s likely remembered more for his fumble on the opening kickoff against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14 and his uncontested drop a week later against the Seattle Seahawks.
Marquez, a third-year pro who joined the Rams as a UDFA following the 2015 NFL Draft, has been used sparingly as a wide receiver as well with just 16 receptions for 125 yards and no touchdowns in his NFL career. He has, though, been a staple on special teams. So the knee injury that he’s picked up that likely puts him on IR once he clears waivers has the potential to impact Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel’s unit and the 53-man roster to boot. Fassel will clearly need to find a core special teams contributor to help fill Marquez’s role.