A familiar chorus has sounded in the New York Giants’ training camp; that is, a chorus of injuries. Reportedly CB Terrell Thomas, who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL near the end of a preseason game, has reinjured his knee, with the injury “involving the ACL”.
The injury occurred yesterday, and Thomas appeared at the time to believe that he would be okay, as he told coach Tom Coughlin after practice. Today, however, he underwent an MRI that confirmed the injury. The current plan being set forth is for him to undergo an exploratory arthroscopic procedure to determine the extent of the damage in order to determine how to proceed with his injury.
Thomas, a 2008 2nd round pick, had a Pro Bowl-caliber season in 2010 as a starter. He was replaced last year in the starting lineup by Aaron Ross, a first round pick of the Giants in 2007, when the team went on to win the Super Bowl. However, the organization chose to stick with Thomas in favor of Ross, signing Thomas to a 4 year, $28 million contract, while the latter signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Should Thomas again miss a full season, it is likely that last year’s 1st round pick, CB Prince Amukamara, will ultimately replace Thomas in the starting lineup alongside veteran Corey Webster, who led the team last year with 6 interceptions. The team has plenty of options for sub-package football, which replaces linemen or linebackers with more defensive backs; however, few of those options have much of any pedigree.
One lineup that they frequently utilized last season was to play safety Antrel Rolle as a cornerback while bringing in Deon Grant to fulfill Rolle’s normal duties as a safety. Grant is gone this season, however, with the 3rd safety on the roster likely now being 2nd year 6th round pick Tyler Sash, who is looking for an expanded role on defense. Other options at cornerback include undrafted rookie Brandon Bing from Rutgers, veteran journeyman Michael Coe (who saw action in 10 games last season), Bruce Johnson, Antwaun Molden, Justin Tryon, and 2012 3rd round pick Jayson Hosley.
While their options are many, it is imperative that they find definitive answers soon amongst this litany of names. Molden, who spent last year with the Patriots, was released after contributing to one of the most historically bad secondaries in league history. Johnson, after a promising rookie season in 2009, missed most of 2010 and all of 2011 due to injuries. Hosley has been inconsistent, and reportedly suffered a laceration to the knee in practice yesterday, which will hinder his development.