The Washington Redskins announced today that hopeful rookie draft pick, Phillip Thomas, has been placed on the injured reserve list as doctors found his injury sustained in the Titans preseason game was much more serious than previous though.
Mike Shanahan broke the news during the press conference earlier today:
“We got some tough news. Phillip Thomas has a left foot Lisfranc ligament tear and it’ll be four or five months recovery. The X-rays first were negative. They took an MRI, saw a little light spot on the MRI. Dr. [Robert] Anderson wanted to take a look at it. When the swelling went down, they took another X-ray and they found that Lisfranc ligament needed an operation, so that’s what we’re going to have and it’ll be about four or five-month recovery time.”
While Thomas was listed as the third string strong safety on the first “official” depth chart (behind Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty), the hope was that he could eventually become the starter in Washington; as soon as this season.
The Redskins are now left with Brandon Meriweather, who has had consistent knee problems over the last couple of seasons, and a dependable depth player in Reed Doughty.
Meriweather so far in camp has been said to look 100 percent and has no setbacks. He’s done so far that coaches have had to pull him off the field in order to slow him down to ensure injuries do not occur. Hopefully for the Redskins he can manage to stay healthy as the Redskins are limited now at strong safety.
Reed Doughty has been consistent for the Redskins during his time in Washington, but has never been starter material. Washington might need to cross their fingers that safety Tanard Jackson, who was supposed to start last season, is reinstated by the NFL as they could use his presence on the field.
Thomas’ injury is a huge blow, but the Redskins thankfully have pieces in front of him that should be able to get the job done, assuming injuries are not a problem. As was seen during a short quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles last year, Meriweather changed the game and set the tone immediately, before being lost for the season due to a knee injury.
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