Shamarko Thomas Taken to Hospital with Eye Injury Suffered in Preseason

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 25, 2018

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 17: Shamarko Thomas #29 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the start of NFL game action against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field on December 17, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Denver Broncos safety Shamarko Thomas left Friday's preseason game at FedEx Field against Washington after suffering an eye injury. 

Per Broncos executive vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth, Thomas was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. 

Mike Klis of 9News reported Thomas is being evaluated for a possible detached retina.

It's unclear how Thomas suffered the injury, though it occurred at some point in the first half. 

Thomas, 27, is entering his sixth NFL season. The former Syracuse standout spent his first four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He signed with the New York Jets last year before being released. Thomas joined the Buffalo Bills in October, and the team used him in 12 games last season. He played with the Indianapolis Colts early in the 2018 preseason, including their game against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 9, but was released two days later. 

The Broncos signed Thomas on Aug. 13, giving him a chance to get playing time on special teams. 

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