In this past Saturday's 24-21 overtime loss to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, there was no bigger loss for the New York Giants than Stevie Brown's ACL tear after intercepting a Geno Smith pass; an injury that landed Brown on season-ending injured reserve.
Brown's teammate and cornerback Terrell Thomas knows very well how tough it is tearing the ACL, as he has torn it in two straight summers and hasn't played in a regular season game since the 2010 season. This week in practice, Thomas told Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News that he is ready to help Brown through his ACL injury anyway he can and makes sure Brown stays positive through the rehab process.
“It [stinks], but he is in high spirits. I saw him this morning, and he’s in great spirits,” Thomas said. “He’ll get back in a year. He has to put in the work and he’ll be able to.”
It was kind of a bittersweet game for Thomas, as he was playing in his first game since the summer of 2011 when he tore his ACL for the first time against the Chicago Bears in a preseason game., but while Thomas was making his return to the NFL for the first time in two years, Brown's season was lost when he hit the turf with the injury; a feeling that Thomas knows all too well from the ACL tears of 2011 and 2012.
“He made a simple cut. I was hoping that it was a meniscus, that the turf caught his knee and it grabbed,” Thomas said. “This game is so unpredictable … It sucks. He’s a great dude. He’ll overcome it.”
Thomas is very confident that Brown will be back with the Giants and told him to enjoy the journey of recovering and coming back from the injury; one which will take about a year to rehab and recover from. Brown was a restricted free agent, but was tendered by the Giants and re-signed with them on a one-year, $2.02 million deal with the possibility of getting a long-term deal if he continued to play at a high level. With the knee injury, his plans for the future in the NFL and with the Giants have been put on temporary hold as he will spend the next year fighting to come back from a tough injuryl but having someone like Thomas will definitely be a plus to help him along the way.
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