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CB Terrell Thomas suffers ACL injury


Terrell Thomas approached Tom Coughlin after practice yesterday to say his surgically-repaired, encased-in-ice right knee was fine.

Unfortunately, his initial diagnosis was incorrect.

Terrell Thomas underwent an MRI and examination by team physician Dr. Russell Warren at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan today. The MRI revealed that Thomas suffered an injury to the right knee involving the ACL.

"Terrell re-injured his ACL," said Giants senior vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes. "At this point, he will most likely undergo an arthroscopic procedure to determine the extent of the injury to the ACL. However, no decision has been made at this point. Terrell is going to consult with Dr. (Arthur) Ting, who performed an allograft reconstruction of the ACL in September."

Thomas re-injured his knee in practice yesterday. The knee swelled up overnight and this morning he was driven to Manhattan for an examination. Coughlin didn't have the results when he spoke to the media after the team's workout today, but there was no masking his concern when he was asked if there was "anything new' regarding Thomas.

"Unfortunately, there is," Coughlin said. "He came in this morning with a swollen knee, went down to HSS. … He walked up to me after practice, he thought he felt good. He didn't really seem to have any issues and then this morning, when he came back and he was swollen, so they sent him to HSS …"

Thomas and everyone on the Giants hoped his knee problems were history. The five-year veteran missed the entire 2011 season after tearing his right ACL in a preseason victory over Chicago on August 22 – the same injury he suffered at the University of Southern California in 2005. Dr. Ting repaired the ligament a month later in San Francisco.

Thomas worked tirelessly for almost a year so he would be ready for training camp at the University at Albany and the upcoming season. He said his knee felt good and after missing the first practice with a stiff back, moved right into the lineup as the starter at right corner.

But he left practice early yesterday and his knee was immediately iced. "He walked up to me and said, 'I slipped,'" Coughlin said.

*It was a rough day for the Giants' cornerbacks. Rookie Jayron Hosley, the team's third-round draft choice, had to get stitches after lacerating his knee.

"He went down," Coughlin said. "The falling down is ridiculous. We fall down, we just fall down. He fell down and he must have fallen on someone's shoe. That's the only thing I can think of because he has a laceration or two and he has some stitches."

*Linebacker Michael Boley also traveled to the hospital in New York.

"They're just checking to make sure to what degree the hamstring is an issue," Coughlin said.

Another outside linebacker, Keith Rivers, also sat out for a second day with a hamstring injury.

*In Thomas' absence, Michael Coe and 2011 first-round draft choice Prince Amukamara have split reps with the first team.

"Prince has been looking fine," Coughlin said. "He's played a lot with the ones. Terrell's kind of been in and out. He's played a lot with the ones."

*Defensive end Justin Trattou had an MRI on his ankle.

"He said it feels better today," Coughlin said. "I don't know what that means but he feels better. I think we'll get him back - it's a lateral ankle, too."

*Running back David Wilson, the team's first-round draft choice, has caught the coach's eye.

"He looks very fast, he looks very quick," Coughlin said. "Sometimes, he does not make the right cut, or the right maneuver. When he does, you can see that, if provided the opportunity, he might slide through a crack and give you a good play."

*The Giants players have the day off tomorrow and will return to the practice field at UAlbany on Wednesday.

*Today's attendance was 1,940.


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