TALLAHASSEE, FLA. Florida State starting offensive tackle Tarlos Thomas will miss the rest of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee.
Thomas, a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 1999 when Florida State won the national championship, was injured Saturday in the sixth-ranked Seminoles' 63-14 victory over Duke. An MRI on Monday revealed the tears. The senior will undergo reconstructive knee surgery within the next couple of weeks.
"It's a shame," coach Bobby Bowden said. "It's worse than we thought."
Team trainer Randy Oravetz was surprised by the extent of the damage. He did not believe Thomas had sustained anything worse than a sprained MCL.
"I talked to (Tarlos) when he got hurt," Bowden said. "At the time, I thought it might be two weeks at the worst. But now after the MRI, they find out it was different."