The unfortunate Terrell Thomas injury rundown...don't be surprised if he never stars for Giants again: nydn.us/OgI8ZR
— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) July 30, 2012
#Giants knew this was a risk-reward signing with Terrell Thomas. Unfortunately it appears his knee lasted four days of camp. #NYG
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) July 30, 2012
The Giants just re-did Thomas' contract in March and he has been talking about making strides and re-taking his position on the Giants' first-string defense.
Thomas signed a four-year, $28 million deal but with just $1-mil guaranteed signing bonus and a $6 mil option in March
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) July 30, 2012
The Giants' "out" in Thomas' deal was a $6M roster bonus due next March. That protected them long-term in case he re-injured his ACL.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) July 30, 2012
We will know more after Thomas has his scope in the next few days. Until then, the Giants can only hope for the best...and prepare for the worst. ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano spells out the realities of the situation for Thomas and what it means if the Giants lose him - again:
"The first and most important thing to note about this is that it would be awful news for Thomas personally. The main reason players generally don't come back from a second torn ACL is that most of them aren't able to get through the grueling, one-year rehab for a second time. Thomas did that and went to training camp determined to reclaim his status as a Giants starter and an emerging star cornerback. If he's torn it again, he'll be devastated, and the prospect of a third rehab just for a chance at a comeback will appear staggeringly difficult. No matter who your favorite team is, if you're human, you have to hurt for a guy in this situation. The game is just very cruel.
As for the impact on the team, the Giants are actually fairly well positioned to handle the loss of Thomas again. It's not ideal, certainly, and one of the main reasons they so easily parted company with free-agent Aaron Ross (who started in Thomas' place last season) was because of their belief that Thomas would come back healthy. But they always knew there was a chance he wouldn't, and 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara waits in the wings as the most likely replacement. The Giants also drafted cornerback Jayron Hosley in the third round of April's draft, and have depth on the roster in the form of guys like Michael Coe, Justin Tryon and Antwaun Molden."