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Thomas played some inside linebacker last season when the Patriots had Rosevelt Colvin on the outside. Colvin signed as a free agent with Houston, but was released in late August in the final preseason roster cut.
He recovered from a foot injury suffered last season and is available if the Patriots want to add depth.
The Patriots' success despite injuries to top players doesn't amaze cornerback Ellis Hobbs.
"I was never amazed," he said. "Any time you lose a player, especially an impact player like (Thomas), it hurts. But he'll tell you himself: the machine can't stop. It has to keep on rolling."
And he's not amazed that so many outstanding Patriots have been hurt.
"You're asking a dude that gets hurt a lot about injuries. It happens, man," said Hobbs, who had offseason surgery on his left shoulder and for a sports hernia. "It's a physical league, big guys running around, big, fast guys that are trying to hurt people.
"You expect it to happen (and) hope you took out your insurance policy and keep on moving, man."
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