And Indy's T.Y. Hilton may be sidelined with a bruised knee, meaning Moncrief is an intriguing choice.
Oscar Hernandez Jr., no relation to Aaron, had pleaded guilty to charges including gun conspiracy and lying to a grand jury.
Cincinnati also put linebacker Sean Porter on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last year. He, too, can practice after six weeks.
But they never got the lead.
Linebacker Steven Johnson, who signed a one-year, $785,000 deal Tuesday, said fans shouldn't fret over losing Thomas.