New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said the news on Terrell Thomas' knee was the best case scenario. And after visiting with Dr. Andrews in Florida on Monday, T2 is now on his way back to Albany to rejoin the team for training camp, where he will begin rehab on his knee. As of now, there is no surgery scheduled and the team is highly optimistic about the prognosis.
As positive as this news is, both Thomas and the team realize there is a potential for setbacks. As Coughlin put it, the "whole purpose is to find out" if T2 can rehab and return to the field. However, he did say it was quite encouraging that no surgery is immediately needed.
"I'm encouraged by what the doctors are saying and let's try to get him back on the field," Coughlin said.
Given the fact that there is no surgery scheduled, it's safe to assume Thomas did not suffer a full ACL tear.
Because Thomas has already participated in a few training camp practices, he is not eligible to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP). Moreover, the "franchise player" Injured Reserve rule has not been approved by all parties, and will not be an option for the Giants (or any team) this year.
Although no timetable has been given for Thomas' return, the plan itself is very clear: T2 will rehab, strengthen his knee and attempt to play here in 2012.
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