Josh Thomas hopes to play vs. Miami

IRVING, Texas -- As of today rookie cornerback Josh Thomas will not play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Miami.

Thomas strained his hamstring covering a kick in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win at Minnesota. He did not practice Monday and said he would spend extra time getting treatment.

He faces a difficult balance of trying to clinch a roster spot in the finale or risk getting hurt more if he does play.

“As far as pushing it and putting myself in a position to where it really tears, I can’t risk that,” Thomas said. “I’m just going to play it by ear and see what happens, but I’m still working at getting ready for Thursday.”

Thomas, a fifth-round pick, is battling with Bryan McCann and Mario Butler for the No. 5 cornerback spot.