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Tom Coughlin on swirling Terrell Thomas reports: 'I don't know what to believe'

Terrell Thomas makes a catch at Giants minicamp.

Terrell Thomas makes a catch at Giants minicamp. (June 13, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Tom Coughlin’s head is spinning from all of the Terrell Thomas reports just like yours is.

“I don’t know what to believe,” the coach said today when asked about reports from ESPN that doctors now think Thomas will be able to play this season. That’s not exactly the stance the Giants are taking on this. They continue to say that Thomas suffered an injury to his surgically-repaired ACL.

“As I told you yesterday, I’m going to stay positive until somebody tells me differently,” Coughlin said. “I think he’s with Dr. (James) Andrews and that’s another opinion, so we’ll see. … I don’t know what to believe until we get it all back … At one time, there was a possibility of a scope to look at to see the damage. We’ve done the MRIs and all that stuff. I think he’s collecting different opinions.”

It was just yesterday that Coughlin said he was holding out hope that Thomas could return, but that he had "enough information though to counter some of that hope."

It seems like the Giants doctors believe there is an injury to Thomas’ ACL, likely not a full tear but perhaps a partial one that needs further investigating (thus the scope). Thomas recently visited Dr. Arthur Ting in California, who performed Thomas’ surgery last September, and shortly after that came the report that he could play this season.

Then why the third opinion? Tie-breaker? Perhaps. It sounds like Thomas was scheduled to see Andrews anyway, even before Ting’s diagnosis (which we’re not certain of anyway, this is all informed speculation). What Andrews sees – or, more importantly, feels – in Thomas’ knee will likely determine whether he needs further surgery, whether he will play this season, and, perhaps, whether he will ever play football again.

No pressure, doc.

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