Earlier this offseason, Phillip Thomas was on track to secure the Redskins' second string strong safety spot.
But then Thomas strained his hamstring. Then he hurt his foot. That, combined with missing all of last season with a foot injury, made him injury prone and unreliable in the eyes of the coaches.
And so Thomas—a 2013 fourth round draft pick—was waived and re-signed to the practice squad last weekend.
“I wasn’t surprised,” he said Wednesday at Redskins Park. “It was all part of a plan. I didn’t want to go on IR. It’s something I don’t want to do. I could stay around with the team, be in that film room and just learn as the season goes on.”
Thomas is still sidelined with his latest foot injury. But he recently received some encouraging news: it’s not related to the Lisfranc ailment that caused him to miss all of his rookie season. Thomas said he was examined recently by noted foot ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte.
“It’s a sprain on the outside of my foot, not the Lisfranc that everybody was worried about," Thomas said, noting that it is the same foot. “It’s not connected to the Lisfranc at all. I was relieved that was the diagnosis. It’s a frustrating deal to keep getting hurt. I just need to find a way to stay on that field.”
Thomas estimates that he’ll miss another week, perhaps two.
And once he’s healthy, he hopes to show the coaches that he’s ready for a promotion to the 53-man roster.
“That’s what I’m hoping for,” he said. “It just depends on how I progress and how the injury goes. Definitely I’m in the bullpen. I’m known as a guy that can’t stay healthy right now. I’m fine [needing to] work my way back into [the team's plans]. I need to prove myself. And there’s a lot to be proven.”