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Mike Thomas could be in for an awkward time at Jaguars-Lions game

October 31, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • Wide receiver Mike Thomas was traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.
Wide receiver Mike Thomas was traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the… (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated…)

Wide receiver Mike Thomas was traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed draft pick on Tuesday -- and guess which two teams are playing each other on Sunday?

You think things might get a little uncomfortable in Jacksonville this weekend?

After all, it couldn’t have been the most pleasant of breakups. Thomas had recently been passed by a rookie and a second-year player on the Jaguars’ depth chart and also lost his job as the team’s primary punt returner.

All this comes just a year after Thomas signed a three-year, $18-million extension, including $9 million guaranteed, with the Jaguars.

That followed what appeared to be a breakout season in 2010, during which Thomas caught 66 passes for 820 yards and four touchdowns and returned 34 punts for 358 yards and one touchdown.

But last year he made 44 catches for 415 yards and one touchdown and returned 19 punts for 88 yards. And he has just 13 receptions for 80 yards and eight punt returns for 56 yards this season.

The Lions still have Calvin Johnson, Titus Young and rookie Ryan Broyles at wide receiver but were short-handed at the position after Nate Burleson suffered a broken leg during an Oct. 22 loss to the Chicago Bears.

That should give Thomas a pretty good chance to show his former team a thing or two if he's up to the task -- we all know how awkward things can be after a breakup.

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