Washington Redskins rookie safety Phillip Thomas will likely not play a down this season after suffering a foot injury in the preseason opener.
Thomas, a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Fresno State, faces season-ending surgery to repair a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday. Thomas was hurt in the Redskins' 22-21 exhibition victory over the Tennessee Titans last Thursday.
The Redskins placed Thomas on injured reserve. The expected recovery time is four to five months.
Thomas was a first-team All-American who led the nation last season with eight interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. In training camp with the Redskins, he was working as the backup at strong safety behind Brandon Meriweather.