The Washington Redskins 2013 4th round pick, safety Phillip Thomas, will miss his entire rookie season because of an Lisfranc injury. WebMD classifies the injury as a fracture of the bones in the middle of your foot – the bones that form the arch on the top of your foot. Essentially, Thomas has a break in the part of the foot in which all five toes meet. The injury occurred in Thomas’ first ever game action as a Redskin against the Tennessee Titans in the first preseason game.
This is horrible news for the Redskins and their fans who were looking forward to watching Thomas develop behind veterans Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty and seeing him challenge them for playing time this season. When Thomas was selected in the 4th round of this year’s draft, many Redskins fans were elated because the Shanahan’s had finally brought in a young talent at the safety position who had a knack for being a ballhawk and making all kinds of plays all over the football field. Well now, it appears that Redskins nation will have to wait to see what Thomas has to offer this team in the future, as he will not be making an immediate impact this season.
The good news is that the Redskins still have bodies at the safety position and may have last year’s projected starting free safety returning from suspension in September. Hopefully Tanard Jackson is reinstated and can pick up where he left off last preseason for the Redskins. If Jackson is not reinstated, the Redskins still have 2011 5th round selection DeJon Gomes who has experience at both safety positions and Jordan Pugh who also has experience at both safety positions. Both guys are currently viewed as players that would provide depth and play special teams but neither has done enough to earn a starting job outright.
For Gomes and Pugh, this unfortunate injury to Thomas provides them yet another opportunity to prove their worth to this coaching staff. Being that Thomas was a 4th round pick, before his injury, he was an almost a lock to make the roster and it seemed like the longest of long shots that either Gomes or Pugh would make the 53 man roster.
Now it becomes evident that one spot is up for grabs and one of them should make the team. Let the battle begin as this has now become one of, if not the most important battle to watch the rest of training camp and preseason.