Rookie safety Phillip Thomas to miss the season

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Updated: August 13, 2013
NFL: Washington Redskins-Rookie Minicamp

Rookie safety Phillip Thomas, drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round, played less than one quarter of preseason football before suffering a foot injury that put him out of the game. Late this afternoon we learned that foot injury — a Lisfranc injury — will put an early end to Thomas’ season, as well.

Original diagnosis of Thomas’ foot injury seemed relatively benign, but a second opinion today returned with a far grimmer verdict — a torn Lisfranc ligament requiring season-ending surgery to repair. The Redskins have acted quickly, already placing the rookie on Injured Reserve.

Thomas intercepted eight passes last year, returning three for touchdowns and earned unanimous All-American honors at Fresno State.

The recovery time for Lisfranc surgery is typically four to five months, so Thomas should be ready for 2014. Until then, the Redskins must hope that oft-injured starting SS Brandon Meriweather can get healthy, stay healthy and hold down the starting strong safety spot. Expect the ever-dependable Reed Doughty and perhaps DeJon Gomes to serve as backups.