Syracuse safety Phillip Thomas breaks jaw

Syracuse starting free safety Phillip Thomas broke his jaw during practice over the weekend and has had surgery, the school announced Tuesday.

Thomas is not expected to miss much time, and will return to non-contact drills over the next few days. Thomas has played in 24 games for the Orange, including 16 starts. While he has been out of practice, true freshman safety Durell Eskridge has filled in nicely.

Meanwhile, reserve offensive guard Nick Lepak suffered a concussion Sunday and is out indefinitely. Linebacker Zack McCarrell strained his hamstring last Friday and will be out until further notice. McCarrell made the team as a walk-on before the 2010 season.