On Monday, the New York Giants announced that cornerback Terrell Thomas had suffered an "injury to the right knee involving the ACL" and that he would consult with Dr. Arthur Ting, who handled Thomas' previous two ACL tears, to determine the extent of the damage. Whether or not Thomas has had that opportunity to consult with Ting remains unclear, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the doctors who have examined Thomas' knee do not believe he has re-torn his ACL and are optimistic he can still play this season.
"Giants CB Terrell Thomas is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Pensacola, Florida with Dr. James Andrews. But doctors who have examined Thomas so far do not believe he has a torn ACL and they are optimistic he will play again this season," Schefter tweeted.
Head coach Tom Coughlin did not sound quite as optimistic on Wednesday, saying he was hopeful but had "enough information to counter some of that hope."
“[Thomas] did a great job of masking, I'm sure, his true emotions,” Coughlin said. “His emotions I am sure are very fragile at this point in time. He did not show that with me. From what I understand, with [Dr. Ronnie Barnes], he kept a stiff upper lip."
Whatever the case may be, you have to hope one of Schefter's sources wasn't Dr. Ting, who has twice been reprimanded by the Medical Board of California throughout his career, and was once on probation for unprofessional conduct after prescribing "dangerous drugs and controlled substances" to athletes without keeping any records. He's also the doctor who handled Barry Bonds' three knee surgeries, while his son, Brandon Ting, was busted at USC for steroids.
Thomas allegedly had to persuade the Giants to allow Ting to handle his ACL surgery a year ago (allograft reconstruction). The choice to perform allograft surgery may play a significant role in what's ailing Thomas now as a cadaver tendon was used, which means the healing process is much more rapid, but there's also a chance the body may deny the new organ, which it could potentially see as an invading force.
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