In what head coach Tom Coughlin called a best case scenario, New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas was back in Albany on Wednesday with what has amounted to an "aggravated" ACL. In other words, the veteran did not tear said ACL for the third time, and could return to the field in as little as three weeks.
"It's something that it could be three weeks, it could be eight weeks," Thomas said. "I'm not going to jeopardize my career [by rushing]."
Thomas said that while he'd like to return by week one against the Dallas Cowboys, he's looking at the big picture of an entire season as opposed to a single game.
“I don’t plan on having any more setbacks. I think this is just a minor scare more than anything,” Thomas said. “You just got to give it time, let it heal, just use my time to place my focus in other aspects, you know, start preparing for my other opponents, start game planning against the NFC East. You know, little stuff like that.”
T2 added that his knee has not swollen back up since he slipped in practice, and as a result, Doctors felt a scope wasn't even necessary. He also hasn't experienced any pain or instability, indicating whatever injury had occurred was not a serious one. However, the scare has taken a bit of a mental toll, and the true challenge will be overcoming that.
“I think it’s going to take time in my rehab process to start building that confidence and that strength back up. Once I’m ready, I’ll be able to go," he added.
A three-week, best case scenario timetable would have Thomas back on the field by August 21st, meaning he'd be a go for the Cowboys game. An eight-week, worst case scenario timetable would have Thomas back on the field by October 2nd, which would put him in line to play the Cleveland Browns in week five.
Odds are, to be on the safe side, he'll return somewhere in the middle of that timetable and return by week two or three of the regular season.
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