After a year on the sidelines, Donald Thomas is back at practice with the Indianapolis Colts.

The team activated the veteran guard from the physically unable to perform list on Friday, clearing the way for him to rejoin the team for the first time since last season's training camp.

The 29-year-old Thomas, who signed with the Colts in 2013, has had a difficult time staying healthy during his time in Indianapolis.

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Thomas played two games with the Colts in 2013, before being lost for the season with a torn biceps and a torn quad suffered in the same game. He then re-tore his quad early in training last year, missing the entire season.

A return by Thomas will help the Colts with depth at left guard behind starter Lance Louis. Another backup, Hugh Thornton, injured his knee in practice on Aug. 19 and is considered "week-to-week," according to head coach Chuck Pagano

(h/t Indianapolis Star)