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Redskins' Phillip Thomas to undergo Lisfranc surgery

The Washington Redskins initially were encouraged when X-rays determined that rookie safety Phillip Thomas escaped with no broken bones after injuring his left foot in the team's preseason opener.

That outlook changed drastically after the fourth-round draft pick was sent for a second opinion that revealed a torn Lisfranc ligament. Coach Mike Shanahan announced Tuesday that the injury will necessitate season-ending surgery, and the Redskins already have placed Thomas on injured reserve.

Thomas earned unanimous first-team All-America honors at Fresno State last season after leading the nation with eight interceptions -- three of which were returned for touchdowns. Despite those obvious ball skills, Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris envisioned Thomas as an "in-the-box" safety.

Whereas rookie Baccari Rambo, chosen in the sixth round, opened training camp as the Redskins' starting free safety, Thomas was playing behind Brandon Meriweather at strong safety.

Thomas' injury means the Redskins once again will have to rely on Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes for safety depth.

Facing a four- or five-month recovery from surgery, Thomas should be healthy enough to compete for a starting job next offseason.

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