Thomas, who appeared to have raised his profile during offseason workouts and minicamps, was suspended without pay for violating the
A Rams spokesperson declined to comment about the suspension.
Thomas, a 2016 sixth-round draft pick from Southern Mississippi, played on special teams and caught three passes last season. He seemed to impress new coach Sean McVay over the last few months.
"It's all about relaxing," Thomas said last month, adding, "Last year, I was a little hesitant. … In Year 2, you got to step up."
Said quarterback Jared Goff: "He's kind of found a role for himself. He's one of our faster receivers and can stretch the defense."
The suspension will move Thomas down a depth chart that includes Austin,
Thomas was scheduled to earn about $569,000 this season, according to spotrac.com.
Higbee was involved in a 2016 incident in Kentucky.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault under extreme emotional disturbance, agreed to be placed in a diversion program and reached a confidential restitution agreement with Nawaf Alsaleh, said Brian Lowder, Higbee's attorney.
Higbee will be on diversion for five years and must perform 250 hours of community service. He would then be eligible to have the case converted to dismissal, Lowder said.
"We feel like it's a fair resolution to what was an unfortunate incident," Lowder said.
Higbee, who played in college at Western Kentucky, was arrested in April 2016 after an altercation with Alsaleh outside a bar in Bowling Green. Alsaleh was found unconscious and bleeding from the mouth. He reportedly suffered a concussion as well as a brain hemorrhage.
A month after his arrest, the Rams selected Higbee in the fourth round of the draft. Former coach
Last season, Higbee caught 11 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.