The Washington Times - August 10, 2009, 11:30AM

Devin Thomas has been sidelined during the past week with a hamstring just as he was for more than two weeks during his rookie summer of 2008.

However, the starting receiver hopeful punished himself by running sprints for half an hour afterwards in the sizzling and humid weather on the Astroturf field which makes things even hotter.

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“Until I can get back, this makes up for it,” Thomas said. “You gotta get used to it because game day you can’t complain about the heat. I’m able to run pretty good. I just gotta get to a point where I can come and out of my breaks without it being a problem.”

Thomas hopes to be ready for Thursday’s preseason opener at Baltimore, but he’s not worried that his absence is costing him in his battle with incumbent Antwaan Randle El and fellow second-year man Malcolm Kelly to start opposite Santana Moss.

“I’m not really concerned,” Thomas said. “I know what I can do and when I get out there, I’ll show it. I’ll just keep working hard so I can get back.”

— David Elfin