Wide receiver Mike Thomas will return to the field this week after serving a four-game suspension. The wideout is now eligible to rejoin the Rams' 53-man roster and could see playing time in Sunday's contest against the Seahawks.
With Thomas' return, the team will need to cut one player from its active roster. On Monday, head coach Sean McVay said that player will not be a wide receiver.
"We'll keep seven receivers," McVay said. "Those six we have a lot of confidence in, so we're going to keep seven and we're going to get Mike up. We don't actually have to make that decision in terms of when his roster spot affects somebody else for a couple of days. But those are discussions that we have started to have weeks in advance."
Thomas participated in the Rams offseason program, but was limited in training camp after suffering a hamstring injury. He did, however, play a large role in the team's second preseason contest against the Raiders, recording four catches for 49 yards.
Though Thomas caught only three passes last season, he was a standout on special teams and has become known for his quick speed and explosiveness in open space. This season, the former Southern Miss star should present quarterback Jared Goff with another potential deep threat and could stand to make an immediate impact on field.
"Mike's got a lot of value," McVay said. "He's got speed [and] I think he will continue to improve with the nuances of playing the position. But he's also a big asset to 'Bones' [special team's coordinator John Fassel] and the special teams. So how that affects the 46 on game day is something that we're going to monitor as the week progresses, but Mike's a guy that we're glad to get back."