FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Bryan Thomas underwent season-ending surgery last October for a torn Achilles' tendon. Turns out he also had shoulder surgery in January to repair a torn labrum and torn biceps.
Funny, but the Jets never mentioned it until Tuesday, when Rex Ryan made a passing reference to Thomas rehabbing from the same kind of surgery as G Matt Slauson, who underwent major shoulder surgery in January.
Thomas told the Star-Ledger of Newark his labrum had been torn for three years. He said it wasn't detected by MRI exams. Finally, it was revealed during an arthroscopy in January, which necessitated open surgery. In essence, it was a double rehab for the Jets' longest-tenured player.
Thomas was limited on the first day of the three-day minicamp, but he expects to be ready for training camp.
INJURY UPDATE: Slauson practiced in team drills for the first time this offseason, but he worked at right guard, not his usual left-guard spot. He filled in for RG Brandon Moore, who was excused to attend his daughter's graduation. Vladimir Ducasse took reps at left guard. Slauson was thrilled to be back, claiming he had no issues with his shoulder.
HAMSTRING EPIDEMIC: WR Santonio Holmes, rookie WR Stephen Hill and RB Bilal Powell didn't practice because of hamstring injuries ... TE Jeff Cumberland, WR Jeremy Kerley, WR Chaz Schilens, WR Patrick Turner and PK Nick Folk were among those limited -- all with hamstring injuries.
HOOSIER CONNECTION: Owner Woody Johnson pulled TE Dustin Keller over during practice not to inform him that his contract been extended, but to say hello to former Colts GM Bill Polian, now an ESPN analyst. Keller, who grew up in Indiana, had been introduced to Polian when he was at Purdue.
Polian visited practice and spent most of his time talking with Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum.
SEE YA SOON, CHAD: OLB Calvin Pace smiled when asked about Miami’s new pickup, WR Chad Ochocinco. Ochocinco was released by the Patriots last week.
“I like playing against Chad,” Pace said. “I think it keeps a good player in the conference and it just makes Miami a little more difficult, but we’ve got guys that can handle him.”
Former Dolphins S Yeremiah Bell said he wasn't surprised because his old team needed a receiver after trading WR Brandon Marshall to the Bears.
-- Jane McManus contributed