Bacarri Rambo working to lift Phillip Thomas’s spirits


Bacarri Rambo. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND – Bacarri Rambo said that he has worked in recent days to lift the spirits of fellow rookie safety Phillip Thomas, whom the Redskins have lost for the season with a Lisfranc tear in his left foot.

The Redskins drafted Thomas out of Fresno State in the fourth round of April’s draft, and Rambo out of Georgia in the sixth. The team envisions the two as the future of their safety position. Rambo opened training camp as the starting free safety, and Thomas had spent camp working his way up the depth chart with veteran strong safety Brandon Meriweather still working his way back from anterior cruciate ligament surgery last fall.

Phillip Thomas Thomas will miss his rookie season with a Lisfranc tear in his foot. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Thomas and Rambo started together in last week’s preseason opener at Tennessee, but Thomas left the game with what originally was described as a mid-foot sprain. Thomas this week traveled to Charlotte to see foot specialist James Anderson and learned that he will miss the entire year.

“I’m coaching him up and trying to keep his spirits up and let him know that God has a plan for everything, and just keeping him in my prayers,” said Rambo, who is also Thomas’s roommate. “I’m trying to give him as much encouragement as possible and let him know I’m still here if he needs me. We came in together, so we have a pretty good friendship.

“He was kind of down, but he knows he’s going to make it through it,” Rambo later added. “All of us DB’s are trying to keep his spirits up and let him know that he’s still part of the team.”

With Thomas out, Reed Doughty, Jordan Pugh and DeJon Gomes have spent time with the first team at strong safety when Meriweather is not on the field.

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What’s ahead:

● Thursday’s practice is at 12:40 p.m., and Friday’s — the final practice of training camp — is at 10:35 a.m.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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