Mike Shanahan shares 'tough news' on Phillip Thomas
RICHMOND—Rookie safety Phillip Thomas has a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, according to Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan, and will be sidelined 4 to 5 months.
“The X-rays at first were negative,” Shanahan said after Tuesday’s practice. “But he took an MRI and they saw a little light spot on the MRI and Dr. [Robert] Anderson wanted to take a look at it. When the swelling went down, they took another X-ray and found that the Lisfranc ligament needed an operation.”
Thomas, who was injured when he fell awkwardly while making a tackle Thursday in Tennessee, visited Anderson, a foot an ankle specialist based in Charlotte, N.C., earlier in the day.
Shanahan did not say when Thomas will have the procedure, but did confirm that the fourth round draft pick has been placed on injured reserve, meaning he’ll miss the entire 2012 season.
The injury deals a blow to the team’s depth a strong safety. With Thomas sidelined, the Redskins now must rely on veterans Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty. Meriweather is still working his way back to full strength after surgery to repair a torn ACL.