Rookie safety Phillip Thomas joins the ranks of players destined to watch from the sidelines as their Redskins teammates compete for a second consecutive NFC East Championship.
After examining x-rays, it was reported that the Lisfranc ligament was torn in Thomas’ left foot. The injury should sideline him for the whole year as head coach Mike Shanahan will be placing Thomas on the Injured Reserve list.
Thomas, an All-American in his collegiate football years, was expected to add some needed depth to the Redskins secondary. While he was slated behind starter Brandon Meriweather and backup Reed Doughty, the loss is still hard felt as the experience Thomas would have gained this year could have developed him into a better player and eventual starter.
At 6-foot, 208 pounds, Thomas ran a 4.65 40-yard dash. While he was not the fastest or most athletic safety, he was determined to become a viable weapon for the Redskins secondary. This wish was beginning to form as he started to impress coaches in training camp.
Shanahan was impressed, stating, “These guys are one play away from being the starter. We’ve got a lot of quality players out there.”
However, Shanahan knows that losing Thomas is not the end of the world, saying, “You lose a guy, competition still goes on.”
The Redskins will most assuredly still have an improved secondary in 2013, even with out Thomas. Yet, he will still be missed.