Coughlin frustrated with ACL injuries

August, 1, 2012
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ALBANY, N.Y. –- Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that there is no update yet on Terrell Thomas’ injured ACL.

But the situation sounds bleak.

“His knee is going to require some time,” Coughlin said. “It is not likely [Thursday] morning something is going to happen. I’m always going to hope (for the best). I have enough information, though, to counter some of that hope. I will always hold out hope.”

Thomas is on the west coast consulting with Dr. Arthur Ting, who performed the surgery on his knee last year.

Coughlin expressed frustration with the fact that the Giants have had several players tear an ACL multiple times. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon, linebacker Clint Sintim and cornerback Brian Witherspoon all have torn their ACLs in consecutive years. Former Giant linebacker Jonathan Goff tore his ACL this week after attempting a comeback from a torn ACL with the Redskins.

And now Thomas has re-injured his ACL nearly a year after tearing it in a preseason game.

“I would like to know what the medical answer is,” Coughlin said. “What’s the story with a repeated ACL and where the ligament comes from in terms of the projections going forward because we have had a couple of these.”

“I can ask our own doctors but I am talking about from a research standpoint, has there ever been enough information (on) something like this,” he added.

Coughlin said the team was very careful in protecting injured players like Hixon and Thomas. Sintim is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

“How much play did Terrell get (in practice)?” Coughlin asked. “Not much. (Also) Terrell is bordering on a year (since tearing his ACL). Plus, really when you watch the number of snaps he had in practice, there weren’t that many. It is incredible with one play. It was a slip and a fall.”

Thomas slipped while trying to cover Hixon one-on-one on Sunday. By Monday morning, Thomas' knee experienced swelling. Hixon said he was devastated for Thomas, and admitted that the injury makes him worried about his own comeback.

“I’d lie to you if I said it didn’t,” said Hixon, who tore his ACL in 2010 and 2011. “Just because he was working hard at coming back. Lot of things he was doing, I was doing. We were working out together.”

“I know how much he was looking forward to coming back," Hixon added. "Hopefully he comes back with some good news. It’s just stressful, real stressful.”

Hixon said in a perfect world, a player would have two years to recover from a knee injury. But players always try to come back as soon as possible and don't really have that luxury.

"People say, ‘Stay healthy.’ What does that mean?" Hixon said. "You work out every day, try to do the right thing recovering. The leg workouts you do while you’re recovering are just outrageous. When me and him were working out together and the things we were doing, you’re coming back, to me, stronger and something like that happens, that’s tough. My heart goes out to him."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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