Redskins Safety Phillip Thomas’ Troublesome Left Foot Injury Returns
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Redskins safety Phillip Thomas will undergo tests on a sore left foot one year after missing the entire season with a Lisfranc sprain.
That’s cause for concern for Washington, which has little depth at safety behind veterans Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather. Thomas was expected to be a key reserve this season. He had already missed the first preseason game against the New England Patriots with a hamstring strain before returning against Cleveland and Baltimore, but renewed soreness in his left foot is far more worrisome.
Thomas did not participate in practice on Monday and will likely undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. His status for Thursday’s final preseason game against Tampa Bay is uncertain.
“It’s a concern because it’s the same foot. [Thomas is] going to get it checked out again, and it’s just sore,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “It’s still bothering him. You can see a little bit that it looks like it’s bothering him a little bit, but we’ve got to get it fixed because he’s a good football player and we need to make sure he’s healthy when he’s ready to play.”
Other injured Redskins players included safety Chase Minnifield (hamstring), linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle) and linebacker Darryl Sharpton (ankle). Offensive tackle Morgan Moses practiced despite sustaining an MCL strain in Saturday’s loss to Baltimore.
Cornerback Tracy Porter (hamstring) practiced, but “did not look himself”, Gruden said. Linebacker Akeem Jordan has a thigh contusion, but should be able to play against the Buccaneers as he competes for a roster spot. Orakpo is definitely out for that game, Gruden said. Sharpton, who has yet to appear in a game this preseason, is “doubtful to questionable” for the finale, according to Gruden.
Tight end Jordan Reed sprained his thumb against Baltimore and also will not play against the Buccaneers. Gruden was confident, however, that Reed could play in the season opener against Houston on Sept. 7.
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