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New York Giants’ Terrell Thomas Will Play on Saturday Vs. New York Jets

August 22nd, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Doug Rush

The last time Terrell Thomas saw an NFL field for the New York Giants, it was almost two years ago in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears; the same game he tore his ACL for the first time in his professional career and an injury that has cost him two consecutive seasons.

'Terrell Thomas warms up' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The 28-year-old, now two years removed from that injury and two ACL tears later, is on the comeback trail and hoping to see his first action of the summer this coming Saturday against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium; the same place he got hurt two summers ago. Thomas told Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News that he is counting on being able to make his debut in that game.

“That’s the goal,” he said. “They haven’t gave me word, but the goal was to get out there in the third game."

On the final day of training camp, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin made the announcement that Thomas will play for the Giants against the Jets, as he has been impressed enough with what he has seen to allow him to step onto the field and play, as Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York reported.

"He looked good yesterday moving around out there, really moved well today," Coughlin said. "He is going to go [on Saturday]. He will play."

Thomas began the summer on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but was activated two weeks ago, but has not played in the preseason games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. Thomas didn't quite trust his footwork when he first got back onto the field, but Thomas said he is now starting to trust it and is gaining more confidence with each day.

“I’ve seen a lot from myself the last week,” he said, “and definitely last week I built a lot of confidence in myself in being able to play . . . . At this point, I’m being patient. After two years, you want to be out there, but if they tell you to slow down, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Thomas has seen reps in the first-team defense playing cornerback, as well as the situational nickel corner. Last week in practice, the Giants had Thomas covering star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who put Thomas' knees to the test and had no reported pain after doing so. Going up against the receivers of the Jets will be Thomas' biggest test in the two years that he has been out and recovering from the two surgeries.

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4 Responses to “New York Giants’ Terrell Thomas Will Play on Saturday Vs. New York Jets”

  1.  bluetick says:

    Very happy to see TT getting a chance in this game. Best of luck to him. Also glad to see Cordle starting at center, as it leaves the rest of the line intact, and I believe
    he has earned a shot.

    •  Krow says:

      And what better game to show it than the Jets’ Superbowl. They’ll be intense as always since they know the regular season holds nothing for them.

  2.  Krow says:

    Anyone see the mega-extension Stan Lee just signed ? Yikes.

  3.  JimStoll says:

    Saturday’s game holds a little excitement in that we get a look at TT and Pugh
    Will TT start opposite Prince with CW hurting?
    That would be fun to watch; although it’s not like the Jets have either a QB or a WR.
    Pugh starting is of course the marquee event. It would be nice to see us both run right for the first time in 3 years, as well as pass protect just a little. It will also be interested to see what Snee looks like next to Pugh.

    Given the collective wisdom that the Jets always put more into this game than the Giants and way more than it deserves, I would still err on the side of leaning on the running game far more than the passing game.
    And when we do pass, given that there will be no Cruz or Murphy, I would cool it with the vertical game and see what we can do with screens, swing passes, and underneath routes to Jernigan. A TE sighting would be nice as well, but I don’t want to get too greedy.

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