The Dolphins have signed strong safety and Redskins castoff Phillip Thomas. Thomas was drafted in the fourth round by Washington in 2013, but proved disappointing after losing his rookie season to a foot injury. He played in eight games a year ago and contributed to 27 tackles.
A disappointing start to the career of strong safety Phillip Thomas has been punctuated by his release from the Redskins. The fourth-round pick in 2013 lost his rookie sesaon to Lisfranc surgery and was hampered by hamstring issues much of last year, during which he made 27 tackles. But he was buried on the depth chart to start 2015 and was deemed expendable, per the Washington Post.
The Redskins will sign safety Phillip Thomas to the active roster prior to Sunday's game against the Vikings, ESPN.com reports. Thomas was unable to survive final roster cuts during the preseason. He suffered a season-ending foot injury during the previous preseason and has yet to appear in a regular-season game.
The Redskins have sliced their roster down to the league-mandated 53 with several cuts on Saturday. Included among the waived offensive players are running backs Evan Royster, Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson. Also gone from that side of the ball are wide receiver Nick Williams and lineman Maurice Hurt . Defenders cut loose are cornerback Chase Minnifield, linebacker Everette Brown and safety Phillip Thomas. Placekicker Zach Hocker has also been waived. The Redskins have also placed defensive tackle Chris Neild and linebacker Darryl Sharpton on the reserve/injured list and defensive end Stephen Bowen and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson on the PUP list.
The Redskins have announced several cuts. Included are rookie kicker Zach Hocker, linebacker Everette Brown and defensive backs Chase Minnifield and Phillip Thomas. The most surprising move was the one involving Thomas, a strong safety who was taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.