After slipping in practice on Sunday, New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas was sent to Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday for an MRI on his knee. Following hours of speculation, the team revealed that Thomas did suffer an injury to his right knee involving the ACL, but did not say that the ACL was torn.
The team will now schedule Thomas for exploratory arthroscopic surgery to determine the extent of the injury. Additionally, Thomas says he will consult with Dr. Arthur Ting, who handled the veteran's previous two ACL tears, including the one he suffered while attending USC.
"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," Giants trainer Ronnie Barnes said.
Thomas missed the entire 2011-2012 season after tearing his ACL in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears last August, but was medically cleared to participate in training camp with "no limitations."
On Saturday, Thomas handed out over 2,000 "T2" t-shirts to the fans in attendance as a thank you for their continued support.
No player in the history of organized football has ever returned after tearing the same ACL three times, so in the event that's what Thomas has done, his career is in serious jeopardy. However, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is currently attempting it and has thus far had no set-backs.
Re-tearing ACL's has plagued the Giants in recent years with Domenik Hixon, Clint Sintim and Brian Witherspoon all facing consecutive injuries. Additionally, former linebacker Jonathan Goff, now with the Washington Redskins, recently re-tore his ACL and will miss his second consecutive season.
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