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LeBron James praises Joe Thomas after season-ending injury

From one local sports icon to another, LeBron James on Tuesday weighed in on Joe Thomas’ season-ending injury, saying he has great appreciation for all the Cleveland Browns ironman has given and sacrificed for the local NFL team.

Thomas suffered a torn triceps in Sunday’s 12-9 loss to the Cleveland Browns, ending his season. It also snapped a remarkable streak for Thomas, who had appeared in an NFL-record 10,363 consecutive snaps for the Browns.

“Obviously being a Browns fan myself I wish for a winning season for Joe Thomas more than anybody in the whole organization,” James said after Cleveland Cavaliers’ shootaround Tuesday morning, via “Given up his body every year, being as available as he’s been throughout the course of his career and I root for him every Sunday morning more than anybody on the team. Unfortunately he had the (triceps) injury that kind of broke his streak, but he’s a Pro Bowler every year in and out for a reason.”

Thomas was placed on injured reserve Monday with surgery scheduled for Tuesday. The 32-year-old veteran has said he’s not thinking about the future right now and even tweeted out an image of himself Tuesday morning prior to surgery.

James has never met Thomas but as a Browns fan, obviously is familiar with the offensive lineman’s contributions to the team.

“Already appreciation for what he’s done for the Browns — even before the snaps,” James said. “My appreciation for what Joe Thomas has done for that organization, I didn’t need for him to hurt his (triceps) for me to appreciate him. Already did.”

After going 1-15 last season, the Browns are 0-7 to start the 2017 campaign. James was asked how it must feel to go through such an agonizing stretch of futility. Suffice to say, such a concept is foreign to the Cavaliers superstar.

“Who me,” James on the Browns’ 1-22 stretch. “In my life? Me? At what? You’re going to struggle for a long time.

“I ain’t never went 1-22 at nothing. Nothing.”

While Thomas may appreciate James’ appreciation, odds are the Browns veteran wishes that was the case for him as well.