By returning so soon after a major injury, Adrian Peterson was an inspiration to many players. But not Giants defensive back Terrell Thomas. "Nope," he told Newsday. "Not even a little bit."
Just months after tearing the ACL in his left knee in December 2011, Peterson ran for 2,097 yards in 2012 and was named the NFL's MVP and offensive player of the year. But for Thomas, who sat out a second straight season rehabbing a third ACL reconstruction, it wasn't that impressive.
"I was happy for his success, but it didn't help me," Thomas said. "What he went through, I already did that. I came back off an ACL. Came back and had a great year. Came back in four months and ran a 4.3, blah blah blah. I did all that."
Thomas, the second known player to return to the NFL after three ACL surgeries, said his inspiration last year came from watching Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who was the first. Davis is the reigning NFC defensive player of the week, in part because of his play against Peterson last Sunday. He had two sacks and 10 tackles against the Vikings. "I texted him and told him I was proud of him," Thomas said. "He's getting back to his old self."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the combined winning percentage of the Giants (0-6) and Vikings (1-4) is the lowest this late in the season of any matchup in the 44-year history of Monday Night Football . . . Jason Pierre-Paul missed a second straight practice Saturday with an illness and Brandon Jacobs sat out with a hamstring injury. Both are questionable, but Tom Coughlin said this week he expects both to play. TE Adrien Robinson (foot), DT Shaun Rogers (knee) and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) are questionable.