Published: April 17th, 2010 | Tags: Aaron Stecker, Adalius Thomas, Daniel Loper, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Keith Bulluck, Kevin Mawae, Mike Reinfeldt, New England Patriots, Rob Sims, Scott Pioli, St. Louis Rams, Stan Kroenke, Tennessee Titans
Adalius Thomas‘ discord with the Patriots’ coaching staff has been well documented. There was his benching in Week 6, supposedly because of performance. Then he was singled out amongst a group of players who were late to the team facility during a snowstorm. Another benching came in Week 14.
Though the linebacker has yet to be traded or released, it’s widely assumed that Thomas has played his last down as a Patriot. On Friday, Thomas seemingly expedited that possibility, opening up to the Boston Globe about his friction with the Patriots’ coaching staff, including a lengthy rant against the team’s rehabilitation methods.
Hey, if it worked for Brandon Marshall in Denver …
Thomas’ beef centers around a broken wrist that he suffered in November 2008. Thomas blames the Patriots’ decision to send him to a massage therapist in Florida (where he has a home) as opposed to a physical therapist as part of the reason that his wrist still bothers him.
“I think that sent a hidden message to me because I don’t think certain people would get that same treatment,” Thomas said. “I don’t think you’d send somebody to rehab their shoulder with a massage therapist, or a knee to a massage therapist. She was a doctor, but the person responsible for my physical therapy was a massage therapist?”
Thomas acknowledged that some of the things he said last season, including that he didn’t have a flying car like in “The Jetsons” or that “motivation is for kindergartners,” could have been handled better. He said he’s not bitter at what transpired and would be willing to continue playing for New England.
“I’ve had a great time — if this is the end, I’ve enjoyed myself,” Thomas said. “The fans have been great, it was fun playing there. If it’s not, I’m fine with coming back.”
Some more news making its way around the Web on Saturday:
- The St. Louis Globe-Democrat reports that Stan Kroenke — the man trying to gain majority control of the Rams — is a member of the league’s Los Angeles Stadium Working Group. Makes you wonder.
- General manager Scott Pioli said the Chiefs are willing to listen to offers for the fifth overall pick in next week’s draft.
- The Titans still have interest in bringing back C Kevin Mawae and LB Keith Bulluck, but negotiations are currently on hold, GM Mike Reinfeldt said.
- Former Falcons, Saints and Buccaneers RB Aaron Stecker is calling it a career, announcing his retirement after 10 seasons.
- The Lions have released one-time starting left guard Daniel Loper, having acquired Rob Sims to take over as starter.