Deja vu: Terrell Thomas re-injures his knee

Victor Cruz, Terrell Thomas

Terrell Thomas was one of my New York Giants selection for TTR’s Game Changers in 2012, but it looks like his entire season if not career could be in jeopardy now.  This is disappointing news for the Giants and the promising young player.

 The Giants don’t sound particularly optimistic, after cornerback Terrell Thomas re-injured his right knee and was sent off for tests this morning.
Thomas missed last year with a torn ACL, and after getting tangled up with wide receiver Dominik Hixon Sunday, Thomas came in today with swelling and was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery (which is a really ominous-sounding name for a hospital, by the way).

When coach Tom Coughlin was asked if there was any news on Thomas, he replied, “Unfortunately, there is, . . .,” according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

The Giants are expected to announce more this afternoon, but it doesn’t take much reading between the lines to anticipate it’s not good.
Last year’s ACL tear was his second, with the first in his college days at Southern Cal. Despite that history, the Giants signed him to a four-year, $28 million deal in March, though the likelihood of him seeing that amount is slim. Read more here…

TTR game changers: NFC East

Join us as TTR Game Changers takes a tour through all 32 teams, identifying one player from every squad that I believe has a great chance of being a game changer in 2012. 

New York Giants – The defending Super Bowl champions pretty much shocked everyone in 2011.  Not because we are surprised that they are a good team, but primarily because of the amount of injuries that hit this team at the beginning of the season.  Their secondary was decimated before the season even got rolling.  They prevailed, and that is reason to think they will be even better this year with Terrell Thomas back in the fold.  Yes they drafted Prince Amukamara last year, but I am not sold on the young man yet, and I think that if Thomas is able to stay healthy this season that he is on the field more than the Prince.  Thomas was just given a nice extension this offseason despite missing all of 2011.  People also tend to forget how productive he has been in recent years. In fact according to Pro Football Focus, in terms of fantasy football he was ranked 2nd and 1st in scoring in 2009 and 2010, respectively.  He has had plenty of time to rehab his injury, and should be a big contributor in 2012.

Dallas Cowboys –  The Cowboys have had time to settle into Rob Ryan’s complex defensive scheme and we should expect them to emerge as one of the games best units in 2012.  One of the key players that I expect to emerge this season is the second year linebacker Bruce Carter.  Carter was a dynamic and explosive linebacker who played sideline to sideline at UNC, but his draft stock fell due to injury.  Watching his film at UNC you could see he was an instinctive player with speed, explosiveness and the fluidity that you need in today’s NFL.  Unfortunately the injury cost him millions, but as a result he probably landed with a better team than he might have otherwise.  Now, nearly two years removed from injury Carter is fully recovered and healthy and could be a major impact player in that Dallas defense, as he claws his way into the starting lineup.

To see the full series click here.