Terrell Thomas says he will make a third comeback from an ACL injury.
The New York Giants cornerback announced the plans on his website. Thomas suffered an injury to his right ACL in training camp and later underwent a third surgery on the knee in September. Thomas also tore his right ACL in the 2011 preseason and while playing for USC.
"I know I have been MIA for a long time," Thomas wrote on his blog. "I just wanted to thank everyone for their continuing support. I am returning to football in 2013 hopefully with the Giants, but my contract is up this year but most likely, hopefully I will be re-signing with them."
Thomas said his "contract is up this year" because the Giants probably will not exercise a $6 million option that is due in March as part of a low-risk, four-year deal the cornerback signed in free agency last year that could be worth up to $28 million.
Thomas hopes he can work out a new deal to remain with the Giants, who drafted him in the second round in 2008 out of USC.
General manager Jerry Reese said shortly after the season ended that he hadn't spoken to Thomas about his plans to make another comeback and suggested that the cornerback might be better off moving to safety if he does attempt to play again.
"Terrell obviously has the multiple knee surgeries so he will have to tread lightly on that and see where he is physically," Reese said on WFAN about two weeks ago. "Right now, he is still rehabbing. We will definitely reach out to him and see where he is and see if he is going to be able to try to make another comeback."
Thomas was slated to start opposite Corey Webster last season before he slipped and injured his knee early in camp. The Giants' projected starters for next season are Webster and Prince Amukamara. They also have last year's third-round pick Jayron Hosley but need more veteran help at corner.
Thomas said he is determined to be the "same player I have been."
"Most importantly just wanted to reconnect with you guys and tell you I have been training and preparing," Thomas wrote. "I took a little break from social media to focus on my knee, my mental; it has been hard on me.
"I'm on a thirty-day diet," Thomas continued. "I have moved to Pensacola for the next month to train and rehab. I want to give you guys updates that 2012 season is over and I can make a comeback and be the same player I have been. The biggest challenge is going to be 200 pushups and 300 abs a night for 30 days. If you guys are with me, let's do it."