Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants' Thomas Vows Return to Lineup

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants' Thomas Vows Return to Lineup

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Without crutches and with nary a limp, his arms folded chest high and a white Giants cap atop his head, Terrell Thomas was back on the practice field.

He watched his teammates go through their paces Wednesday afternoon, conferring with members of the secondary during drills and even participating in the post-practice ritual of breaking their positional huddle with a collective chant of "DBs."

Earlier in the day, Thomas joked about being fit enough to get back in pads upon his return and pick up where he left off, but the Giants are not about to let that happen.

He's going to have to wait a bit before testing his surgically- repaired right knee in a competitive setting, considering the "ACL injury" the Giants initially feared might be career-threatening turned out to be what he is now calling "a minor scare."

Just 10 days after leaving camp for a coast-to-coast tour of doctors visits collecting medical opinions that eased the nerves of everybody involved, at least somewhat, Thomas returned with the confidence he would ultimately complete his comeback story.

"You know, the odds were stacked up against me, but when you've got God in your corner, everything can go right and that's exactly what happened," Thomas said. "Obviously they didn't rule me out, but I had a lot of things stacked up against me to say that he might be done for the year."

The consensus among three doctors - Dr. Russell Warren of the Giants; Dr. Arthur Ting, who performed the previous procedure, in California; and Dr. James Andrews in Florida - was that Thomas' ACL was not torn, just "aggravated."

Rehabilitation, not surgery, was recommended.

"An ACL is so simple. It's either working or it's not, and mine is still working," Thomas said. "Something happened which caused it to swell. They thought it might have been a bone bruise or who knows what it could have been. …

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