It doesn't happen often, but sometimes an athlete's personal battle hits so close to home that you have no choice but to truly sympathize with them. Most of the time it's just next man up and you hardly think about the well being of the person that's being replaced. Especially when that person plays a position that can't possibly help you win your fantasy matchup.
That's why I want to be the first to publicly send out a "get well soon" - from the bottom of my heart - to Joe Thomas. I, on behalf of all those people that repeatedly glance into the mirror and lie to themselves about the trajectory of their Widow's Peak, want to wish him a speedy healing process. I can't relate to most of the experiences of an NFL offensive lineman, but I can feel the pain caused by accepting the truth about his all-too-distant follicles. They say the primary step in rehabilitation is admitting you have a problem, so it appears he's made some headway on the road to recovery. Still, it's not easy to become secure with the fact that your hairline is getting away from you faster than your weight during the holidays. So maybe don't drop to your knees since that's become such a source of contention these days but keep Joe Thomas in your prayers, because the battle with genetics is not an easy to win and the bald life is one that takes some getting used to.