Joe Thomas' streak of 10,363 snaps ends amid fear triceps tendon torn

CLEVELAND -- The streak of NFL streaks ended Sunday, when Browns left tackle Joe Thomas left the game against the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter with what was announced as a triceps injury in what appeared to be his left arm.

Tests confirmed Monday that Thomas tore his triceps and he is discussing his options for what's next, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Thomas said he lost the use of his left arm, which would be a symptom of a tendon tear. The tendon attaches to the triceps and the elbow, and allows the elbow to straighten. Thomas left the locker room Sunday with his arm in a sling and the arm wrapped from his forearm to his shoulder.

Thomas had played every snap for Cleveland since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft -- a streak of 10,363, which the Browns have said is an NFL record.

Thomas was injured on a 3-yard run by Duke Johnson Jr. with 5:35 left in the third quarter. He went down after the play holding his left elbow.

"That one's really personal to me," Browns coach Hue Jackson said after the game. "He's a huge part of what we do, a huge part of this organization. And we'll see where he is, but obviously, that's a big blow."

Thomas was checked on the sideline, then went into the locker room shortly after. The team announced he would not return. Spencer Drango replaced him.

The crowd at FirstEnergy Stadium gave Thomas a standing ovation as he left the field, and Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan ran more than halfway across the field to pat Thomas on the shoulder as he left the game.

"Just playing 10 years in the NFL is tough to do," Browns left guard Joel Bitonio said after the game. "But to play without being really injured and play every snap is honestly a miracle in its own self. It's a credit to him, how he works and puts in that time. It's going to be tough to move on from. He has our support right now."

"He's really held the team together," Bitonio continued. "For as many losses as he's endured, for his spirit to come into work every day and be part of the team and just be his cheery self as much as he can, to try and bring the guys around him ... it's really tough."

Thomas said he will have an MRI on Monday.

"I really didn't have any function in my left arm. I think you can play about 30 or 40 percent function with your one arm, but when you have no function in one arm, it's hard to block edge rushers with only one hand," Thomas said after the Browns' 12-9 overtime loss.

Thomas said he was "proud of the number of plays that I was able to put together getting over that 10,000 milestone."

"Going into my 11th season without missing a play is something that I always feel like I'll be able to hang my hat on and have pride in," he said. "But it's a violent game, and those type of streaks, they always going to come to an end. It wasn't an infinity streak.

"There was certainly going to be a time where either because of injury or lack of production it was going to end. I think I was enough of a realist to understand that I wasn't going to be able to continue on forever without missing a play. It was just a matter of time, and unfortunately, it happened in Week 7."