Terrell Thomas, Giants Cornerback, ACL Knee Injury for Third Time

Terrell Thomas Knee

When you hear the expression, “The third time is the Charm,” it usually signifies a success in something you tried two times before and failed. Happiness and congratulations is usually offered and the individual and ride into the sunset knowing everything will be okay. For this individual, however, he may be riding off into the sunset not to celebrate a new beginning but most likely the end of his football career.

Terrell Thomas, cornerback for the New York Giants, suffered an injury to his surgically repaired right ACL and likely will undergo arthroscopic procedure to determine the extent of the injury, according to the New York Giants. However, a source has said it is believed that Thomas suffered a partial tear of his ACL, but more will be known after the arthroscopic procedure.

The cornerback was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for an MRI on Monday after he experienced swelling in his knee. This is the same knee he had surgery on last September after suffering the second torn right ACL of his career.

Ronnie Barnes, Giants senior vice president of medical services, said the following in a press release, “Terrell re-injured his ACL. 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.”

While covering Domenik Hixon during practice on Sunday, he took a spill and later sat out the final portion of practice while icing his knee. Thomas, who missed all of last season due to injury, is attempting to make his return from that where he tore his ACL during last preseason and doctors had given him permission to practice without limitations. The cornerback is no stranger to this type of injury as he first tore his ACL back in 2005 playing at USC. He successfully returned from that setback.

Prior to the Giants releasing an update on Thomas, Tom Coughlin was very worried and expressed concern for his starting cornerback. “He walked up to me after practice (on Sunday) and thought he felt good,” Coughlin said earlier in the day. “He didn’t really seem to have any issues and then this morning when he came back in, it was swollen.”

Adam Schefter of ESPN Insider said that it looks like he will need surgery and be out for the season. He also commented that it is so rare for a player to come back after three torn ACL’s in one knee. Carolina Panthers linebacker, Thomas Davis, is attempting to do that this season.

Thomas was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $28 million deal in free agency, but it is a low-risk, high-reward deal. He was reported to get a $1 million signing bonus and receives that amount if he is on the team this season. The team has a $6 million option on Thomas in March. Thomas worked very hard rehabbing his knee to be back to start camp. Only time will tell when; if Terrell Thomas will be back to play for the New York Giants.

Terrell Thomas ACL Injury

Terrell Thomas’s right ACL injury and the options if he’s out for an extended period of time.

Terrell Thomas Knee Injury

Adam Schefter with the latest on the Terrell Thomas knee injury.

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