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.
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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