Terrell Thomas has had enough drama packed into the last month to fill an entire NFL career. On Friday night, his wild emotional ride -- and his season -- came to an end.
Thomas was placed on injured reserve as part of the roster moves that allowed the Giants to get to the 53-man limit by the 9 p.m. deadline. The cornerback was coming back from a second ACL reconstruction on his right knee and had signed a new contract with the Giants in the spring, but on the third day of training camp, he slipped and aggravated the repaired ligament.
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It was thought then that his season was over, but he received word from doctors that he would be able to rehab the injury. That never came to pass, though, and the Giants finally ran out of time and roster spots. On Thursday, Tom Coughlin said he "couldn't even guess" as to a time frame for his return to the field.
The Giants also put defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (blood clot) on injured reserve, ending his season and perhaps his career. Neither Thomas nor Rogers is eligible for the new short-term injured-reserve rules that were adopted by the NFL this week. For that, a player must be on the 53-man roster through Tuesday.
"Greg Jones was a very difficult decision to make," Coughlin said. "Danny Ware was here for a while, and any time you have those relationships with people, it's tough to see them go. Fortunately, these are men and they understand that decisions have to be made."
Jones, who last year was the first rookie linebacker to start for the Giants on opening day since Lawrence Taylor, was squeezed out of a crowded linebacker group. The Giants wound up keeping seven at that position. Ware's departure means that besides Ahmad Bradshaw, the Giants will have three running backs with a total of seven carries. First-round pick David Wilson made the team along with Da'Rel Scott and Andre Brown.
Ramses Barden, who was on the bubble until he played well in the last two preseason games, made the team as a wide receiver. The Giants waived Isaiah Stanback, Dan DePalma and David Douglas from that position. The Giants kept five defensive ends, including rookie Adewale Ojomo, who led the team with four preseason sacks, and Adrian Tracy. Defensive tackles Dwayne Hendricks and Marcus Thomas were waived; rookie Markus Kuhn and Marvin Austin made the team.
The Giants kept safety Will Hill, who was out of football after personal issues left him undrafted and unsigned last spring. Veteran Stevie Brown made the team as a safety.
Notes & quotes: Turns out they weren't sniping at each other after all. A day after Mathias Kiwanuka said in a radio interview that the Giants have been kicking the Cowboys' butts for a while and that it must be tough on Jerry Jones to see the Giants win Super Bowls, the Cowboys' owner fired back by . . . echoing his words. "I agree with him," Jones told USA Today, "and the only thing I'm saying is that I'll never get used to it. It is tough on the outside looking in." . . . ESPN reported that the chances of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (lacerated spleen) playing against the Giants on Wednesday are "not good." He will be evaluated early next week.