Giants fans have gotten used to the idea of playing without Terrell Thomas: after all, the cornerback tore his ACL last year in the preseason and didn't play at all in the Giants' Super Bowl run. But how much longer will fourth-year player out of USC sit with yet another knee-related problem? The answer, as of now, is unclear:
"The doc told me that if it feels good at three weeks I'm going to wait another week. That's just the game plan right now, to give it as much time as possible to let it heal"
Thomas' injury, suffered earlier in training camp, is in the same ACL he tore last season, but it isn't a tear -- just a "scare," in Thomas' words -- but he'll be playing it safe considering his history with the knee. Maybe that means he'll be available for the season opener, maybe that means he won't play until close to the playoffs.
Thomas was expected to be healthy and be the starting cornerback opposite Corey Webster for the Giants in the wake of the departure of Aaron Ross. Prince Amukamara is the likely starter if Thomas can't return, although the team also has veterans like Michael Coe and Justin Tryon at the spot. They'd like to avoid starting third-round draft pick Jayron Hosley right off the bat.
Terrell Thomas has quite a bit of experience with knee injuries considering he tore his right ACL in college as a member of the USC Trojans and then again during the preseason last year. The New York Giants don't think their cornerback has torn it for a third time, however, despite thoughts to the contrary when the injury originally occurred earlier this week.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin told ESPN that he's cautiously optimistic that Thomas will be able to play this year, but admitted he'll feel much more comfortable after Thomas gets a second opinion next week.
New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla., to determine the severity of the injury to his surgically repaired right ACL.
But doctors who have examined Thomas so far do not believe he has a torn ACL and are optimistic he may play again this season, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Considering the terrible luck Thomas has had thus far with injuries -- and his four-year, $28 million contract he recently signed -- one has to hope the Giants defensive back gets good news from Dr. Andrews.
The New York Giants' quest for a repeat could be coming without cornerback Terrell Thomas, who suffered an ACL injury at training camp over the weekend. It's still unclear exactly the extent of the damage but it's possible that Thomas has torn his ACL for the second consecutive season. A complete tear would end his season; a partial tear could keep open the possibility of a return this year.
If the surgery reveals another tear, Thomas' NFL career could be over. No player has ever made it back from three torn ACLs to the same knee. Even if the damage is not that severe, you have to think it will be a long while before Thomas plays in an NFL game again.
In other words, don't count on major contributions from Thomas this season.
The Giants have said Thomas will undergo a surgery to determine the damage.
"Terrell re-injured his ACL," said Giants senior vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes. "At this point, he will most likely undergo an arthroscopic procedure to determine the extent of the injury to the ACL. However, no decision has been made at this point. Terrell is going to consult with Dr. (Arthur) Ting, who performed an allograft reconstruction of the ACL in September."
The Giants signed Thomas to a four-year deal in free agency, despite the fact he was coming off ACL surgery.