INDIANAPOLIS - Guard Donald Thomas had just started to find his comfort zone with his new teammates last September when before he knew it, his first season with the Indianapolis Colts had come to an end.
A torn tendon in his quad. A torn bicep.
Week 2 of the 2013 season.
"It sucks it happened like it did last year, but I feel like I was just starting to get comfortable where I could forget everything else and just play," Thomas said. "I hope what I can show everybody is what they want to see. I'll be ready for training camp."
Thomas will likely regain his starting guard spot. He's also available to slide over to center if needed. The goal is for Khaled Holmes to start at center, but Thomas has a history of playing there.
He was listed as the backup center almost every game during his two seasons with New England Patriots.
"When I was playing guard I was just focused on one thing," Thomas said. "When I played center in New England, you see the whole picture of everything. It makes you a better football player. Sliding over you (to center) you have to make the calls for everything, I've done before, so I can do it."
Playing center is one of the last things on Thomas' mind these days. His focus is on making sure he's completely healthy next season and finding his rhythm again.
"The biggest thing for me is to get back out there and get comfortable," Thomas said. "Blocking somebody, the speed of the game. You can be in shape, but you don't get in football shape until you actually do it. I think that's going to be the hardest part for me. Once you start playing football it just comes back to you."