With uncertainty looming over the New York Giants defensive backfield next season, the progress of Terrell Thomas' attempt at returning from his third career ACL tear is as important as ever.Thomas tore his ACL for the second time in as many seasons just a few days into the 2012 preseason. Although it's nearly unheard of for players to come back from three ACL tears at full strength, it appears as if Thomas is on track to do so.
Yesterday, Thomas posted on his personal blog that he ran outside of a pool for the first time since his knee surgery.
Today was a great day. For the first time I started with some movement prep exercises where I focused heavily on the hamstrings and quads on the leg press machine and with body lunges. I completed step-downs to focus on stability. I ran for the first time outside of the pool today where I reached a full jog. There was no swelling or discomfort, I did have a little adjustment but as I kept running it felt fine. I worked on some back pedaling as well, which felt good, very fluid motion. I also preformed some resistance marches, forward, vertical and backwards. Overall no swelling, pain or discomfort so the first day of running really felt great.
I am very excited and happy on that progress. As I tweeted yesterday, the 2013 season starts today for me. I am doing everything possible to return. Today is day 21 of the thirty-day challenge and I hope everyone is still kicking butt. I am definitely seeing the results but most of all it is about mental toughness and being resilient. You can do anything you put your mind to.
Thomas' ability to run on land is a very significant step in a lengthy recovery process. Obviously, he's nowhere near being ready to play football in the NFL. It's possible that he never gets back to becoming an NFL caliber cornerback or safety. However, 2012 saw the first man in league history return from his third ACL tear and have a successful season.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis tore his ACL three times in less than three seasons, all on the same knee. Not only did he earn himself a spot as a starter in Carolina, he posted 103 tackles over 15 games. That's significant production for a player who was supposed to be damaged goods.
Although ACL injuries are tricky and recovery results vary, modern medicine has provided Terrell Thomas hope that he can return to contribute foe the team next season. His contract will need to be restructured and he may have to move to safety, but Thomas' presence in the secondary could be an X-factor in 2013.
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