Broken thumb ends Phillips' season

Updated: September 22, 2009, 6:43 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Jermaine Phillips will miss the remainder of the season with a broken left thumb.

The Bucs made the announcement Tuesday, placing the eighth-year pro on injured reserve. He was hurt during Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Losing Phillips weakens a struggling secondary that was already playing without starting safety Tanard Jackson, who was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL substance ...

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