The New York Giants re-signed cornerback Terrell Thomas, a former second-round draft pick who had knee surgery each of the past two years and hasn’t played in a National Football League game since the 2010 season.
Thomas, 28, was drafted by the Giants in 2008 and started every game during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, leading the team in tackles while totaling 10 interceptions.
Thomas tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during a preseason game in 2011. He re-injured his knee before the 2012 season and required another surgery.
“For them to give me another opportunity to prove myself, I feel very blessed,” Thomas said yesterday, according to comments distributed by the Giants.
Thomas, who last played in the NFL during the final game of the 2010 season, is in the midst of a two-month rehabilitation and workout program in Pensacola, Florida. Among the other NFL players in the program is Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee last month.
“My knee feels great,” Thomas said. “It was a little struggle at first. It was a little inconsistent with the swelling. But for the last month-and-a half I haven’t dealt with any swelling at all. The doctors are really happy with the way I’m progressing.”
The Giants, who allowed the NFL’s fifth-most passing yards last season, didn’t disclose terms of Thomas’s contract.
“It’s been a long two years,” Thomas said. “It’s definitely been a test of my will. But it’s made me a stronger person. It showed me a lot of things about myself that I needed to fix and at the same time it showed me how strong I was.”