Just when you thought the Redskins couldn’t get hit with any more big injuries, it happened again. Phillip Thomas, a fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL draft out of Fresno State, has found himself sitting out for the entire season with an injury. He suffered a Lisfranc tear in his left foot and according to head coach Mike Shanahan, will also be out for the upcoming season.
The rookie safety started in the team’s first preseason game against the Titans, filling the role of Brandon Meriweather, who didn’t play. When he suffered the injury, the original X-Rays came up negative for a Lisfranc tear. However, when he saw another foot specialist (Dr. Robert Anderson) on Monday, the next batch of X-Rays correctly identified and displayed the ligament tear in Thomas’ left foot.
Although Thomas was seen as a second-stringer, and probably wouldn’t start all season, the Redskins still lose depth at a such a critical position. Now with Thomas off of the active roster, the safety position is looking a little more concerning. Meriweather is coming off an ACL tear last season, and the team has veteran backups in Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes. It is unclear who will see starting time come the regular season, but it seems that it is currently leaning in Meriweather’s favor.