Giants’ Thomas Expects to Return in 3-8 Weeks After Knee Injury

New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas said he expects to return to the field in three to eight weeks after reinjuring his surgically-repaired right knee during a preseason practice.

“I think that this was just a minor scare more than anything,” Thomas said after having his knee examined by a third doctor. “You just got to give it time. Let it heal.”

Thomas, 27, missed the Giants’ run to a Super Bowl title last season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a preseason game. When he hurt his knee in a July 30 practice, tests showed he didn’t tear the ACL again.

“Aggravated, that’s the best way to put it,” Thomas told reporters today at training camp in Albany, New York.

The Giants open the National Football League regular season on Sept. 5 against the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas said while he’ll try to be back for the opener, he and the team will probably take their time before making a decision.

“The big picture is the long run -- the rest of the season, getting to the playoffs -- not starting Week 1,” Thomas said. “If I can get out there, I’m going to be out there, but I’m not going to jeopardize my career.”

A second-round pick in the 2008 draft, Thomas became a full-time starter in 2009, when he had a team-high 85 tackles and five interceptions. He led the team in the same categories in 2010, recording 101 tackles and five interceptions.

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