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Fever News: 'Face of the Franchise' Not Coming Back Yet

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - It's no secret that the 1-10 Tri-Cities Fever need some help.  Former star receiver J.R. Thomas may be the answer.
Thomas chose to sit this year out because he didn't get along with coach Richard Davis, plus he has a personal training business he's focused on.
However Davis was fired weeks ago, and new coach Pat O'Hara is taking a look at Thomas, who led the team with 29 touchdowns last season. Thomas worked out Tuesday. O'Hara says he won't sign Thomas for this week's game at Spokane, but will possibly put him in the lineup the following Saturday against Stockton.
Thomas was once considered the face of the franchise, but that's not why O'Hara wants him.
"I think it's all about his productivity and him as a player," he said. "I had heard about him, and when he came out and ran around for us he showed the talent and the feel.  He may be able to earn a roster spot and really be able to help us here as he gets in shape."
O'Hara also said he released former starting QB Ryan Porter, who was benched three weeks ago. Collin Drafts, who played here last year, is the new backup to Tomo Inoue.