Based off of reports, Syracuse Orange Safety Phillip Thomas has been suspended for a year for a violation of team policy.
This more than likely means Thomas will not be returning to the Orange for a game or two next season.
Thomas' absence will be missed as the Orange go up against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, two of the Big East favorites so far.
Cincinnati will be looking to rebound against the Orange after falling to Rutgers earlier today. Even with an unhealthy offense, the Bearcats will try to run the ball on the Orange, an area Thomas was instrumental with helping thanks to a team leading 82 solo tackles.
With this news, Bowl eligibility with the Orange looks near impossible. Thomas was the lone consistent factor on the offense and the Orange as an entire defensive unit will be out of sync without his presence.
Overall, Thomas is going to be missed and this looks like the closing of any real optimism on the Syracuse Orange 2011 football season.
Note: Earlier I posted an article about Thomas' statements on his suspension. After being contacted by another Phil Thomas on Facebook, it seems as if the information came from someone who had created and hacked a Phil Thomas account and was spreading false information. I sincerely apologize for this lack of journalistic insight.