The Washington Redskins thought they were in the clear when reports came back that rookie safety Philip Thomas didn't have a broken foot. Unfortunately, those celebrations were premature, as the team placed Thomas on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon with a Lisfranc injury, according to Mark Maske.
Thomas left last Thursday's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans with an injury to his left foot and a shoulder injury. X-rays came back negative and head coach Mike Shanahan listed the former Fresno State star as day-to-day with no timetable for his return. Thomas saw a specialist early this week where he was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury.
Lisfranc injuries have become more prevalent in sports over the past few years, with most experts attributing the issue to larger and faster athletes. The actual injury occurs when the top of the foot is exposed to a crushing injury, such as a heavy object landing on the foot. It can also be caused by a sudden rotation with the foot pressed downward. likely the culprit of Thomas' injured foot. Other prominent players to suffer the injury are Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, Jacksonville Jaguars' running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray. Thomas is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the beginning of 2014 training camp.
The team was banking on Thomas competing for one of the starting safety positions, a spot they tried desperately to shore up in the draft back in April. He was expected to challenge incumbent Brandon Merriweather, who has been battling injuries of his own, who barring a setback, will almost surely start next to another highly-touted rookie Bacarri Rambo. The team will rely on veterans' Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes to fill out the remainder of the depth chart.
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