Terrell Thomas named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in comeback season

Terrell Thomas speaks to reporters at the Giants'

Terrell Thomas speaks to reporters at the Giants' training camp in Albany. (Credit: AP, 2012)

The remarkable comeback continues for Terrell Thomas.

The Giants cornerback who missed all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons with ACL injuries was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for his 11 tackles plus a sack and a forced fumble in the team's 15-7 win over the Eagles. It is the first time Thomas has received the distinction in his career and he is the first Giants cornerback to be so honored since Aaron Ross in Week 11 of the 2008 season.

Thomas' sack was a key play in the Giants' shutout of the Eagles' offense. Late in the first half the Eagles had first-and-goal at the 2 when rookie quarterback Matt Barkley rolled to his left. Thomas initially jumped for a Barkley pump fake but gathered himself and sacked the quarterback, forcing the ball loose in the process. Jacquian Williams recovered the fumble with 1:14 left in the half to preserve a 12-0 lead and the Eagles offense did not score any points the rest of the game.

Thomas is the second known player to return to the NFL after three ACL reconstructions. Two weeks ago the first known player to do so, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, was also named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Davis, who returned to the field last season, mentored Thomas through his rehab.

Thomas also received a game ball from the Giants for his performance in the game on Sunday.

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