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.
Facing a four- or five-month recovery from surgery, Thomas should be healthy enough to compete for a starting job next offseason.The Around The League Podcast is now on iTunes! Listen to the latest episode featuring Rich Eisen.