The Associated Press 2016 NFL All-Pro Team was announced Friday afternoon, and for the first time since he was a rookie, Cleveland Browns LT Joe Thomas is no where to be found on it.
Thomas was a second-team All-Pro during his second year in the league in 2008. For the next seven years, from 2009-2015, he was a first-team All-Pro. This year, the first-team honor went to Tyron Smith (27 votes) of the Dallas Cowboys. The second-team honor went to David Bakhtiari (8 votes) of the Green Bay Packers. Thomas had 7 votes, so he just barely missed out.
Although Thomas’ play was still very good in 2016, he battled through injuries most of the year and gave up a little more pressure than we’re accustom to seeing. Being on a 1-15 club certainly didn’t help matters.
Although Thomas’ All-Pro streak is over, he still has two other streaks going: he hasn’t missed a single snap in his 10-year career, and he’s made 10 consecutive Pro Bowls. Nobody else on the Browns’ roster even received a single vote for the All-Pro team in 2016, but both of the team’s departed offensive linemen — C Alex Mack of the Atlanta Falcons and RT MItchell Schwartz of the Kansas City Chiefs — made second-team All-Pro. It’s the second time Mack has had the honor, and the first time Schwartz has had it.