Logan Thomas was happy to be back to some semblance of normalcy.
Studying videotape. Sitting in meetings. Running patterns. Catching passes. In short, doing all of the things that Thomas and the rest of his Buffalo Bills teammates have to do to prepare for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders at New Era Field.
"I'm doing good," the Bills' tight end told reporters Friday. "Work's helping me take my mind off of it."
This week, as the Bills get ready for one of their biggest games of the season, Thomas and his wife, Brandie, have been dealing with something far more important than football: the passing of their baby daughter, Brooklyn Rose, who was due to arrive in April.
Thomas was excused from practice Wednesday, but returned to work Thursday and will play Sunday.
He said he never considered taking the entire week off or even missing the game.
"Not really," Thomas said. "I knew the faster I get back to work, the quicker I'd get my mind off of it. The only reason I would (take more time off) is for my wife, be there for her. But thankfully, we had family come up to be with her, and that's the only reason I'm here, my family."
He pointed out that Brandie is "healthy" and doing as well as possible under the circumstances.
"Obviously, just like anybody else who's out there that's going through the same thing, it's an emotional fight," Thomas said. "It's something that we're just going to have to push through. There's going to be a little bit of a recovery, but she's tough. She's my rock.
"I know how she is. She's a fighter, and she'll be just fine."
Thomas, his wife and their four sons have also been able to count on the support of the entire Bills organization, as well as Bills teammates.
"The people in this organization are amazing," he said. "We've had nothing but love and support from everybody in here, anything we've ever needed. There's a couple of people who have gone through the same thing we have, so just being able to lean on them has been nice.
"It's amazing. Everybody here has been great. I let them know Monday night, when we found out, and then they said, 'Hey, we've got your back, no matter what.' There's a bunch of guys in this locker room that care – care for me, love me, love my family and are willing to do whatever for me, so that's the big thing."
Coach Sean McDermott opened his news conference Friday by offering "heartfelt condolences" to Thomas and his family.
"It offers great perspective, again, for where we are and what we do, and we know how important it is, and it seems like the only thing at times," McDermott said. "But it's certainly not the only thing. So we're going to offer our support and our love and wrap our arms around the Thomas family at this time and for as long as they need it.
"You get perspective from a lot of situations and, in this case, inspiration. The way that he and his family have handled this just really speaks volumes about who they are, and I am 100 percent confident that they will use this to continue to grow closer as a family, and I was just happy to see Logan's smiling face (Thursday). Not from a football standpoint at all, but mostly just for him to be around and for us to embrace him and for him to be around his teammates, also.
"He seems to be handling it about as well as anyone could at this point."