The Commanders were happy to activate an important piece to the puzzle Monday after the team had already signed two new tight ends, and placed two players on the injured reserve.
The Washington Commanders have been feeling the wrath of the injury bug as of late. Saturday afternoon the team took on the Kansas City Chiefs without their left tackle, either starting guard, a center on a pitch count, and several tight ends missing in action.
Needless to say, Monday morning was filled with several roster moves aimed at restocking the roster at the tight end position.
Commanders Activate Logan Thomas
The Commanders were finally able to activate tight end Logan Thomas. For Thomas, it’s been a long nine months of rehab for the former quarterback turned tight end.
When asked about the competition for the starting TE spot, Thomas says there is no competition. " I personally believe I'm the starter." pic.twitter.com/57eXOyIbs7 — NBC Sports Commanders (@NBCSCommanders) August 22, 2022
When Thomas was asked about the process he endured working his way back, his response was telling.
“Honestly, the first week to a month, you couldn’t really do anything. So, we try to stretch, trying to get some of the range of motion back, keep the swelling down. As the weeks and months went on, everything just kind of turned into strengthen the quad, working on the balance, working on your core, just being able to handle taking some more of a load to the joint, and being able to handle it. For me, it’s just, come in, do my work, but when it’s time to rest, let it rest and let it heal.”
For Washington, with the season right around the corner Thomas’ return could not have come back at a better time as the team is currently decimated by injury at his position. Including Logan, the team’s top four tight ends were all missing Saturday against Kansas City. They had to play with Armani Rogers and Eli Wolf, two guys who have never seen the field before.
Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera was asked about Logan’s availability for the opener, and he said “No, other than them just telling us that as long as he continues to progress, there’s some good things.”
In response to being asked if he needed to see Logan get any preseason reps after the team decided to activate him, Rivera said he did not, “we’re not going to force anybody out there early.”
Rivera says he does not need to see preseason reps with Logan and Carson before playing them together. pic.twitter.com/lNkh3nmPYS — NBC Sports Commanders (@NBCSCommanders) August 22, 2022
Several Roster Moves
The team made several roster moves Monday morning as they placed defensive end Bunmi Rotimi and tight end Eli Wolf on injured reserve. Placing both the players on IR before the new year begins means their seasons are effectively over.
Rotimi was seen leaving the stadium Saturday in Kansas City wearing a walking boot.
Washington signed two tight ends, Jake Hausmann and Kendall Blanton, late Sunday-early Monday morning. Hausmann has had several stops the last few years on several different practice squads. Blanton on the other has been with the Rams since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and caught five passes in the NFC Championship game last season.
With Rivera making it clear Thomas doesn’t need to see any time on the field in the preseason after having the team activate him, it’s obvious why they signed Hausmann and Blanton. They need bodies at the position to finish preseason.