Daily News - One week after suffering an injury to his already-rebuilt right ACL, Terrell Thomas is returning to Giants training camp. The cornerback will then rehab his troublesome right knee with the team in hopes of returning to action this season. Tom Coughlin admitted that he was describing a “best-case scenario.” Last Sunday, Thomas reinjured his knee. When he awoke with swelling the next morning, the Giants shut him down. Since then, Thomas has crisscrossed the country. He visited Giants team doctors first, then trekked to California to see Dr. Arthur Ting, who handled his reconstructive ACL surgery last year. Thomas visited renowned sports doctor James Andrews in Alabama on Monday for a final opinion. Coughlin said the news was encouraging, and added that Thomas felt the same way, too. “He told me before he left (to meet Andrews), he really doesn’t have any pain, does not feel any instability. The knee was not swollen. He went down and Dr. Andrews pretty much agreed with what the other doctors said.” Now, he’ll be fighting to rehab a right knee joint that’s been damaged three times (and torn twice), hoping to strengthen it enough to withstand the constant cutting and starting and stopping movements that all NFL corners must perform with ease.
So…nothing happened? No news on whether it was a twist, sprain, strain or whatever else that isn’t a tear means Terrell Thomas overreacted like I told him in the first place before he blocked me on Twitter, right? Listen, no one wants him patrolling the secondary more than I do, but clearly his knee’s not right. If an apparent “tweak” from simply slipping 3 days deep into training camp is enough to hypothesize a tear and earn him a trip to Dr. Andrews, it’s obviously not strong enough to play NFL CB. I’m glad everyone’s celebrating with party poppers & shit, but the dude already rehabbed his knee for about a year and it got him exactly ONE full day of practice. Now another month of PT for a phantom injury could have him ready as early as Dallas? Come on. I’d love nothing more than to be dead wrong, but unfortunately reconstructing ACLs (twice) doesn’t share the same beneficial results as Tommy John surgery. So maybe there’s a glimmer of hope that’s got some Big Blue fans beating off, but this bump in the road throws my wishful thinking out the window. If Thomas can play & the Giants want to be cautious, then here’s your new nickle corner. Prince opposite Webster, Rolle stays at safety. Problem solved. 2010 T2 though? Not happening in 2012.
P.S. – Nicks running sideline routes today, on target for opening night. Say word.