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Knee Sprain May Force Thomas to Retire

Knee Sprain May Force Thomas to Retire

November 13, 2000
By the Associated Press - Thurman Thomas might consider retiring if his sprained knee takes too long to heal, a thought that made him cry.

The 13-year veteran running back, in his first year with Miami, was hurt after a 12-yard reception in the second quarter of the Dolphins' 17-7 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Thomas, ninth on the NFL's career rushing list, was on crutches after the game and said he'll have tests on the knee Monday. Last year, Thomas missed 11 games with a bruised liver.

"This is the second year for me,' the 34-year-old Thomas said. ``It's a concern for me if I'm looking at 10 months of rehab. I might have to consider retirement.' Thomas said he was emotional as the pain got worse on the sideline.

"That's when it crossed my mind. It flashed through my mind for the first time in 13 years. I started to cry a little bit,' he said.

Thomas starred with the Buffalo Bills for his first 12 seasons and was voted the NFL's Most Valuable Player after the 1991 season. He is now the Dolphins' third-down back.

Thomas rushed three times for 17 yards Sunday and caught one pass. For the season, he's carried 28 times for 136 yards with 16 catches for 117 yards. He has 12,074 career yards, 46 short of Franco Harris, who is eighth.

Photo courtesy of The Fan's Shrine of Thurmanology.

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