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Thomas also had offseason shoulder surgery

Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas, right, talks with fellow

Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas, right, talks with fellow linebacker Jason Taylor during a minicamp in Florham Park, N.J. (June 14, 2010) Credit: AP

In the course of dictating his extensive injury report prior to Tuesday's minicamp practice, Rex Ryan let a little nugget slip.

"He's not as far along as (Matt) Slauson is," the Jets coach said of linebacker Bryan Thomas, who is rehabbing from Achilles surgery in October. "They've had the same kind of surgery. Slauson seems to (be) ahead of Bryan. But Bryan has been here every day rehabbing and I think he's just itching to get out there."

Neither Ryan nor the Jets ever mentioned shoulder surgery in reference to Thomas, but the veteran linebacker confirmed after practice that he had shoulder surgery in January to repair a torn labrum and torn bicep.

Thomas told the Newark Star-Ledger he had been playing with a torn labrum for three years, but it hadn't been detected by MRIs. Instead, it was revealed during an arthroscopy in January, which forced him to have surgery. 

Thomas -- the longest tenured Jet -- was limited on the first day of the team's three-day minicamp. He has said in recent weeks that he expects to be ready for training camp. 

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