As of last week, New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, who is recovering from his third ACL tear, had not yet begun to run. But that's all about to change as Thomas, speaking via his official website, revealed on Monday that his rehab is still on schedule and there are plans to have him begin running as early as next week.
"I just finished my second week of rehab. Everything has been moving progressing smoothly as I begin to add more weight and lunges to my routine," Thomas wrote via his blog. "I will begin running next week. When I began the rehab process I was a little impatient at first because I did not like to be held back in my training. I know that the ultimate goal is to return to the field in 2013; therefore, I am going to listen to the experts, my doctors, who advise me to take my time through the healing process. I plan on working as hard as I can to let my knee build and heal."
Prior to last season, Thomas signed a four-year, $28.4 million deal. That includes a $6 million option bonus that kicks in in March, and it would not only guarantee Thomas' base salary of $750,000 in 2013, but much of his 2014 salary ($3.8 million total, $2.75 million guaranteed). Obviously, the Giants are likely to decline that option, but it doesn't necessarily mean his Giants career is over.
It's a long road to come back from tearing an ACL three times, but not impossible. Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is the most recent NFL athlete to do it, and he recorded 103 tackles in 15 games this past season – his first back from tear #3.
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