New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas appeared ready to take the next step from very good cornerback to Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback last season. However, that was derailed when he suffered a torn ACL that forced him to miss all of last year. It was his second torn ACL in his right knee in his football career and the Giants were hoping to ease Thomas back into his starting spot opposite Corey Webster.
However, Thomas fell during practice on Sunday during drills and he sat out practice on Monday after swelling developed in his right knee. Thomas went down to New York City to visit the Hospital of Special Surgery to get an MRI. The Giants, and Thomas, are hoping it is nothing major but swelling in the knee doesn’t sound good.
In the meantime, last year’s first round pick, Prince Amukamara will be asked to step up but he will not be handed a job if news on Thomas’ knee is bad. The Giants also have Michael Coe, Justin Tryon, Bruce Johnson, free agent signee Antwaun Molden, and rookie Jayron Hosley all trying to earn reps on defense. Johnson is also coming off an ACL injury and Tryon is coming off of a season-ending broken arm.
The Giants were counting on having Thomas back and healthy as they allowed Aaron Ross to leave via free agency to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, this setback has to have the Giants worrying over whether or not their star corner will be ready to go in time for the season, if his season isn’t already over.
Hopefully, Thomas and the Giants receive good news and he only has to miss a practice or two.
UPDATE: Terrell Thomas will undergo exploratory surgery to reveal the extent of the damage to his right knee. This is not good news but hopefully something that won’t keep him off the football field for an extended period.