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Joe Thomas says return in 2018 depends on his overall health, state of Browns franchise

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11/10/2017 8:07:19 AM
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Injured Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who turns 33 in December, is non-committal about his future, saying he's not ready to walk away from the game if he's healthy, but pointed to three factors in his ultimate decision, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

"Are you playing well? Are you healthy? And do you love it?" Thomas said. "To me, I feel like I was playing well and I still loved it, and the question it's going to come down to is, am I feeling like, from a personal health standpoint, is it something that I can do for another year?"

And it's something that Thomas said will go beyond his triceps.

"I've obviously had a lot of knee issues over the years and stuff that's not fixable at this point with modern medicine," he said, "so just sort of a matter of, more that than even the triceps, but, obviously, the whole body will come into play when you make that decision."

He admitted, too, that the team's outlook could play a role in his choice.

"Is it going to be for trying to pursue a championship or are we trying to pursue a playoff berth or are we trying to pursue a first pick overall?" Thomas said. "Those are all things that could play into that decision."

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