Thomas visited with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. New York coach Tom Coughlin said the consensus from Andrews, Dr. Arthur Ting (who performed surgery on Thomas' torn ACL last year) and the Giants' doctors is that the cornerback can rehab as soon as possible instead of opting for any surgery. This is the best possible news the Giants could have received.
Thomas also did not require an arthroscopic procedure on his twice surgically repaired right ACL as well.
"The group of doctors that have looked at Terrell Thomas (determined) that we try to rehab him and see how he does and if he can get back on the field," a clearly encouraged Coughlin said. "He is coming back to camp, he will jump into a rehab program, we will watch him very, very closely."
"We will hopefully accelerate the strengthening of the knee and see how soon he can join us and hope for the very best," Coughlin added.
Thomas is expected to join the team in Albany as soon as Tuesday to begin rehab. Coughlin would not guess as to how long the rehab may take or what the timetable for a possible return may be for Thomas. He was coming back from a torn right ACL suffered last preseason against Chicago. He had previously torn the same ACL in 2005 while at USC.
Thomas slipped while covering Domenik Hixon in a practice and experienced swelling the following morning. He had an MRI last Monday at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan that revealed some sort of injury to his ACL, according to the team.
Thomas then went and got opinions from Drs. Ting and Andrews.
"He'll jump in there and I am sure he will go hard," Coughlin said. "He came to see me before he left (to see Dr. Andrews). He feels very positive about it and told me before he left he really doesn't have any pain, does not feel instability, the knee was not swollen."
It still may take Thomas a while to get back on the field since the Giants are likely to take things slowly with the cornerback. But at least Thomas has a chance to potentially return.