Although no official timetable has been set for New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas and his return from his most recent ACL injury, some more good news came this week regarding his future prognosis. On Wednesday, he began running in a pool, which is a big step in helping him eventually get back out on the field for the early goings this season.
During last season's second preseason game against the Chicago Bears, Thomas tore his (right) ACL for the second time. After missing all of 2011 to undergo rehabilitation, Thomas was hoping to come back full strength in 2012. However, he re-injured his ACL in just the second practice of training camp. Fortunately, he did not re-tear the ligament, which bodes well for his desire to play at a high level this season. On Thursday, Thomas talked about how he feels about this new development in his rehab.
"Progress," Thomas said. "Taking it slow but doing everything I can in the meantime to get my knee strong and healthy again. When I’m able to return, I’ll be ready to go."
For the Giants, this is finally the first good injury news they have gotten in some time. After losing Shaun Rogers (blood clot) for the season, dealing with Marvin Austin and Will Beatty's back issues, and Chris Canty's uncertain prognosis, it was a breath of fresh air to hear so encouraging developments in T2's rehab.
Currently, Thomas still has a relatively vague time frame in which he plans to return. Although the initial time period put out there said anywhere from three to eight weeks, it all depends on how quickly T2's aggravated ACL heals. Surely, with his history of knee trauma, the doctors will not allow him to play a second before he is ready. When asked about a specific time frame for his return, Thomas did not have a clear-cut answer.
"I don’t think there is a time frame," Thomas said. "I think it’s just whenever the doctor gives me an OK based on how he feels, how I feel and how I progress through my rehab."
Although Terrell Thomas is seemingly still a long way away from getting back on the field at full speed, progress is always a good things. Hopefully everything stays on track, and we see him run out the tunnel early on this season.
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