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Thomas Cautious With His Return

Randy Thomas's status is day to day as he continues to come back from a triceps injury.

Thomas had returned to action at right guard last Thursday and played most of the first quarter against the Chicago Bears. He experienced some fatigue in the arm, though, and he was replaced by Jason Fabini.

He did not re-injure the triceps. Instead, team officials reported Thomas bruised his elbow in the game.

On Monday, head coach Joe Gibbs said that Thomas needs to rebuild strength in his arm. Prior to the Bears game, Thomas had been inactive since Week 2, when he originally suffered his triceps injury.

"Where we are with Randy is that he didn't re-tear anything [in the triceps], it's just that he didn't feel like the strength was there after he fell on [the elbow] a couple times," Gibbs said. "He felt like it was going to be hard for him to play at a high level. So Jason went back in."

Thomas said he still needs to build up the range of motion in his arm.

He added that it felt great to contribute to the Redskins' win, even if it was abbreviated.

"I just wish I could have finished the game, but I have to protect myself and the team," he said. "I don't want to be a liability out there."

Does he wonder if he came back too soon?

"You don't ever know until you test it," Thomas said. "You can be cautious with it, but you just won't know. It felt good to be out there. I gave it my all, but I'm not going to do anything to set [the injury] back or set the team back."

-- THRASH READY TO RETURN?

Wide receiver and special teams standout James Thrash could be back on the practice fields this week. He has missed the last four games due to a high ankle sprain.

Defensive end Phillip Daniels suffered a mild sprained knee against the Bears, and while he could be limited in practice this week, he is not expected to miss any game action.

Tight end Chris Cooley had a bruised shin that forced him to leave the Bears game temporarily.

"I got kicked in the back of the leg and it got bruised," Cooley said. "I won't miss any time, though."

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