It's still too early in the offseason to have any idea what Terrell Thomas' future is with the New York Giants. After being selected in the second-round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Thomas will attempt to return to the team in 2013 after tearing his ACL for the second consecutive season, and the third time in his football career. Obviously, the odds are stacked against him. It's incredibly difficult to return to full strength after three serious knee injuries. However, Thomas seems to be on track to do just that.
Yesterday, he posted some encouraging notes on his personal website.
"The greatest thing about today’s workout was that there was no reoccurring swelling from my previous workout even though I did a lot of lateral movements and box jumps. There are also no signs of tendentious, so moving forward that is a positive," he wrote.
"This afternoon I jogged in the pool as I try to retain good sprinting form underwater. Slowly I will begin to transition out of the pool. I love the atmosphere here in Pensacola Florida. The view is beautiful, as I am right on the water. God has truly blessed me in so many ways. He has given me the opportunity to rehab in a place that is pushing me to be my best. As I workout twice a day for up to two hours which can be challenging I know that it will be worthwhile," Thomas continued.
There's a lot to digest there, but it seems like Thomas is on track to have a chance to make the roster in 2013. The fact that he is able to make lateral movements without experiencing swelling and tendonitis in his knee means he has made significant progress since his surgery. He's able to run in a pool, which is the first step in a long process of attempting to get back to full speed.
It is interesting that Thomas has chosen to rehab in Pensacola, Florida as opposed to at the Giants facilities in New Jersey, or even at his home in California. Presumably, the Giants would want him under their supervision after suffering two consecutive ACL tears. However, that could be the same reason Thomas has chosen to move his rehab elsewhere. Given the recent track record of the Giants training staff, it's likely Thomas wanted a change of scenery.
Through all the adversity he has gone through over the last two years, Thomas still wants to remain a member of the Giants in 2013.
"I am doing everything possible to return to football in 2013. I pray that I will be playing with the Giants but if God has another plan for me then so be it. I thank you for the unending support you have shown during the rehab process. I enjoy playing football more than anything in the world; money is not my motive. Please keep the positive encouragement coming my way because I really appreciate it," he added.
Obviously, Terrell Thomas future with the Giants is uncertain. He needs to significantly restructure his contract (or be released and subsequently re-signed) to even be considered an option in 2013. Furthermore, it's still uncertain if he still has the speed to play cornerback or if he will have to be moved to safety. Whatever the case, it appears as if his rehab is on track at this point. Thomas still has a long road ahead of him, but his return would be a pleasant surprise for next season.
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