As recently as Thursday, there had been some talk about New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas inevitably landing on Injured Reserve (IR) due to the teams injury situation. It was also wondered aloud if the team might consider waiving him if his knee is unable to holdup over time. On Saturday, Thomas put both of those thoughts and a lot of the speculation to rest when he revealed that he's progressing and still targeting a week one return.
"Like I mentioned before I just aggravated my knee; it feels strong and no swelling. I have [been] running in the pool lately to keep active. I am getting back to my old self; my goal is to still play in the season's opener. I have been working my butt off every day; I have been in the weight room everyday and been watching film," Thomas wrote on his blog.
Returning against the Dallas Cowboys may be wishful thinking, but certainly not outside the realm of possibility. Following Thomas' diagnosis of an "aggravated" ACL, head coach Tom Coughlin called it the best case scenario, while a timetable for his return was set at 3-8 weeks.
If Thomas were able to return against the Cowboys on September 5th, that would put him at four weeks and two days after his diagnosis. Odds are, as hopeful as he may be and barring any additional setbacks, the cornerback is more likely to return in week three against the Carolina Panthers.
With rookie Jayron Hosley dealing with turf toe and Prince Amukamara expected to miss some time with a high ankle sprain, the Giants could really use a healthy Thomas on the field as soon as possible. But if we've seen anything in recent years, it's that when you rush back from an injury, the next stop tends to be season-ending IR.
The good news here is that, at least in Thomas' outlook, IR is not going to come into play.
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