Bills receiver Emmanuel Sanders holds on to this pass behind Washington's  Kamren Curl for a 5 yard touchdown.

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Commanders starting safety Kamren Curl out Sunday (thumb)

Washington Commanders starting safety Kamren Curl will be sidelined for Sunday’s season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a thumb injury that has prevented him from practicing this week.

Curl was declared out by the Commanders for Week 1 on Friday’s injury report, ending any hope the team would have their second-leading tackler from last season on the field against the Jaguars. His replacement is expected to be second-year Darrick Forrest, a fifth-round pick in 2021 out of Cincinnati.

The origination of Curl’s injury is unknown, but he confirmed to reporters on Monday that he underwent thumb surgery after being seen with cast-like protection and a sling last week at practice.

Curl, 23, enters his third season coming off a solid season that included him registering 99 tackles, one sack and five passes defensed. In his two NFL seasons, the former seventh-round pick in 2020 out of Arkansas has posted 187 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks in 32 games (25 starts).

Commanders tight end Logan Thomas, who has spent all offseason recovering from tearing his ACL and MCL last season in a game against the Las Vegas Raiders, was listed as questionable by the team. Fellow tight end Cole Turner is also questionable with a hamstring injury.

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Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas (82) is defended by Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Divine Deablo (5) on a 35-yard reception in the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Washington TE Logan Thomas has torn ACL

Upon further review, Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas has a torn ACL, multiple reports Tuesday indicated.

Thomas suffered an injury to his left knee on Dec. 5 in Washington’s 17-15 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, and initial tests indicated his injury wasn’t as extensive as feared. Prior to Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Ron Rivera voiced optimism Thomas would avoid surgery.

But additional tests performed revealed the ligament tear, per reports.

He is expected to have surgery and be ready for the 2022 season, ESPN reported.

Thomas was placed on injured reserve last week, ending his season because it’s his second trip to the IR this season.

Washington signed Thomas, 30, to a three-year, $24 million contract extension in July.

He ends his season with 18 catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns in six games. He missed seven games earlier this season with a hamstring injury.

The Arizona Cardinals selected Thomas in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After just two games with Arizona, he spent the 2015-16 seasons on practice squads before landing with the Buffalo Bills in the 2017-18 seasons. He played with the Detroit Lions in 2019 before signing with Washington in 2020.

In 64 career games (29 starts), Thomas has 189 catches for 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.

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Oct 17, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Montez Sweat (90) chases the ball carrier against the Kansas City Chiefs at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

WFT puts Montez Sweat on COVID list, Logan Thomas on IR

The Washington Football Team placed defensive end Montez Sweat on the reserve/COVID-19 list and tight end Logan Thomas on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday.

Sweat was expected to return to practice on Wednesday after missing the last four games with a fractured jaw.

He is expected to be sidelined the next 10 days because he is unvaccinated, per multiple reports. That timeline would keep him out of Washington’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and likely a road contest versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 19. He could conceivably play against the Eagles, but would be unable to practice during the week.

Sweat, 25, has recorded 19 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in eight games this season.

In 40 games (all starts) with Washington, Sweat has 20 sacks, 114 tackles (23 for loss) and 45 quarterback hits.

Thomas sustained a knee injury following a hit from Las Vegas Raiders pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue on Sunday. The move to injured reserve is the second in 2021 for Thomas, thus ending his season.

Thomas returned from a six-game absence on Thanksgiving weekend. He caught a touchdown pass on the opening drive in Las Vegas on Sunday and finished with three catches for 48 yards in Washington’s 17-15 victory.

Thomas, 30, was hurt five minutes into the fourth quarter when Ngakoue lunged at him from Thomas’ left side and hit him at the knees.

Ricky Seals-Jones played in the No. 1 tight end role when Thomas exited on Sunday.

Thomas signed a three-year, $24.1 million contract in August.

Running back Jonathan Williams was signed off the practice squad Wednesday to fill Thomas’ spot on the roster.

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Sep 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas (82) celebrates with Washington Football Team offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (79) after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington TE Logan Thomas injures hamstring vs. Falcons

Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas sustained a hamstring injury in the first quarter and has been ruled out of the remainder of Sunday’s game against the host Atlanta Falcons.

Thomas was injured after running a deep route during the team’s first drive. He threw his helmet in frustration after reaching the sideline.

Thomas, 30, had 12 receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns through the first three games of the season. He has 119 receptions for 1,104 yards and 10 scores in 61 career games with the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and Washington.

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Jun 9, 2021; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas (82) catches a pass during drills as part of minicamp at Inova Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: WFT, Logan Thomas agree to extension

Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas agreed to a three-year extension, per multiple reports.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Thomas had a breakout season with Washington in 2020, hauling in 72 passes for 670 yards and six touchdowns after signing a two-year, $6.15 million contract prior to the season.

Tuesday’s reported extension will keep Thomas with WFT through the 2024 season.

He was targeted 110 times by the multiple quarterbacks Washington used last season, including nine end-zone targets.

The former Virginia Tech quarterback turned 30 on July 1 and spent part of the offseason working on routes with new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

A fourth-round pick in 2014 by the Arizona Cardinals, Thomas came to Washington as a backup having also made stops in Buffalo and Detroit.

Thomas’ previous career bests came with the Lions in 2019 with 16 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown.

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