Florida State LB Thomas ruled ineligible for season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas has been ruled ineligible by the school and will miss the season.

Thomas is a former five-star recruit from Miami, but injuries and suspensions have cost him most of his first two college seasons. The sophomore was still recovering from a spring shoulder injury and was already expected to miss about half this season.

Coach Jimbo Fisher said after practice Wednesday that Thomas was ineligible, but did not specify why.

A shoulder injury forced Thomas to redshirt as a freshman. He missed the first six games last season because of an NCAA suspension. He played the final eight games and finished with 26 tackles.

Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips, a junior college transfer, was cleared to play and practiced with the team for the first time Wednesday.

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