After experiencing some swelling in his surgically repaired knee early in training camp, New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas was sent to see a series of specialists for their opinion on the extent of the damage. All Doctors concluded that Thomas had not re-torn his ACL and did not immediately need surgery. Head coach Tom Coughlin called the situation the "best case scenario" and a 3-8 week timetable was set for Thomas' return.
Last Friday, Thomas began running in a pool and happily called it "progress." He appeared to be on schedule for his return and, to date, had suffered not additional setbacks. Unfortunately, things may not be as rosy as they appear.
During a Thursday Q&A session with fans, Paul Dottino of WFAN dropped some bombs about Thomas' progress, timetable and possible return this season.
"Indefinite … he hopes [for a] mid-season [return]," Dottino tweeted. "[Giants] May have to [place him on IR]."
A mid-season return, which now sounds like the best case scenario, would mean Thomas doesn't return until early November. It would also mean Thomas took nearly 13 weeks (14 from the time of the injury) to recover from an aggravation of his ACL which was only slated to take 3-8 weeks.
Given the uncertainty of defensive tackles Chris Canty, Marvin Austin and Shaun Rogers, as well as the injury concerns of offensive lineman Will Beatty, the Giants find themselves in a tough spot. There are not enough spots available to keep all of these players on the active 53-man roster (Canty excluded if he remains on PUP), so they may be forced to place one or more on Injured Reserve. And if Thomas truly can't return until November, he seems like a likely -albeit it unfortunate- candidate.
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