Steppin' to the A.M.: Thomas update

ALBANY, N.Y. -- There was some encouraging news that emerged last night regarding Terrell Thomas.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that Thomas will visit with Dr. James Andrews and that doctors who have examined Thomas so far do not believe he has a torn ACL and are optimistic he may play again this season, a source familiar with the situation told Schefter.

As for defensive tackle Chris Canty, he's not sure if he will be ready for the season opener. He will leave it up to the coaching and medical staff to determine when his surgically-repaired knee will be ready.

"I don’t know," Canty said. "That’s just a situation where I have to … the coaching staff and the medical staff, they’re probably the better people to ask that question. I feel good, but if they told me I’m not ready, I’m not ready. I trust them wholeheartedly. The fact of the matter is, Coach said it’s going to be a little time, it’s going to be a little time."

"We’re doing more lifting, more running," Canty added. "I’m just excited to continue to build on the progress that we’re making with the medical staff and trying to make sure I stay in tune, mentally with the football side of things, so that when I’m allowed to transition and get on the field and get in the practices, I’m ready to go."

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Antrel Rolle may have to cover slot receivers again if Thomas is out for a while. Safeties coach Dave Merritt talks about the Giants' options.

Meanwhile, Tom Coughlin is frustrated with all the repeat ACL injuries the Giants have experienced and wonders how to avoid them in the future.

Oh, and last but not least, you can refer to Martellus Bennett as the "black unicorn" from now on.