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Joe Thomas says decision about future will come down to his overall health

Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal on

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As much as Thomas appreciates the Browns giving him a $3 million raise last week -- $1.5 million this season and $1.5 next season on the final year of his contract -- he made it clear the increased salary probably won't weigh into his decision.

Thomas is wearing a huge brace on his left arm to limit his range of motion, allowing the surgically reattached tendon to heal.

The way Thomas described the injury, he likely had a partially torn triceps tendon before it ruptured and forced his legendary consecutive snaps streak to end at 10,363 plays.

"Every time I hit that arm, I just had a terrible sensation up the back of my arm like your funny bone got hit, and it's just a burning pain and I was telling (left guard) Joel (Bitonio), just complaining to him, like, 'Man, my elbow hurts so much, I can't even really push on it. Like I'm basically playing with one arm,'?" Thomas said.

"Then, of course, when it happened, it was almost like a relief because I was in so much pain, and it was so hard to try to function with that arm that it was like, 'Oh, I'm glad we finally figured out what this was.'?"

So now Thomas is helping coach the offensive linemen and some other players, notably rookie defensive end Myles Garrett.

"He's doing a lot more helping the young guys -- film study and stuff," Bitonio said. "He has a lot more free time to do that, and I think he is actually helping Myles, as well, trying to teach him what to look for in tackles in the film room.

"It's why he's the best. He's given so much to the city, this team. You would not expect it any other way. It was weird when he wasn't in meetings, recovering after surgery. I kind of felt lost without him for a little bit, but he's been back in there and he's been helping out."

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