New York Giants: Will Terrell Thomas Return Healthy for Big Blue in 2012?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Terrell Thomas #24 of the New York Giants reacts to a play against the Dallas Cowboys on December 6, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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When we all found out on Monday that New York Giants defensive back Terrell Thomas didn't need surgery on his already surgically repaired ACL, it was a big lift to the team.

Thomas may be considered the best overall Giants corner on the team, and the Giants re-signed him on the very first day of free agency to a four-year deal because they knew how important Thomas was to their secondary.

When the news broke that Thomas may have in fact torn his ACL again, Giants fans felt like they got another crushing blow of injury news.

But on Monday, Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star Ledger reported that Thomas was going to avoid surgery and would rehab his knee injury in hopes that he could get back on the field in 2012.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he felt very encouraged about the news on Thomas, but is being cautious on the news with the rehab.

According to Tom Rock of Newsday, the news of Thomas avoiding surgery has sparked a great feeling of triumph with the Giants players, and it was good news that Michael Boley was able to spread to his teammates at practice.

Thomas and Boley share the same agent, who had texted Boley with the news on his teammate.

So now comes the waiting game. And the questions now arise. Can Thomas get back on an NFL field in 2012 and play at a high level?

He hasn't played in live competition since he tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears last August, so Thomas has a lot of rust to shake off as well as some catching up to do.

Thomas also has to make sure this rehab on his knee does not cause major setbacks, and he can't push it too hard and do further damage which could end his career.

The Giants have made a major investment in their corner and they know how much Thomas means to their secondary.

Thomas has worked very hard to try to get back on the field and resume his career, and he should be rewarded for his efforts.

Will his knee be able to hold up?

Coughlin, the Giants organization and many fans are hoping that he makes a full recovery, which will allow him to play in 2012.

Like I said before, it now becomes a waiting process with many people hoping for a positive outcome.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.