Terrell Thomas tore his ACL late in the second quarter on a play that began with 30 seconds left and ended with 22 remaining. Tom Coughlin at first made it sound as if he was second-guessing himself for keeping the first stringers on the field at that point.
“You extend the play time a little bit to take full advantage of the fact that we literally had no offseason and a very small preseason, very short preseason,” Coughlin said. “So, we extended a little bit of play time tonight and we did have some guys that got nicked up. I don’t have a whole lot of information on that, but I do know that Terrell was an ACL.”
Quickly, though Coughlin said that the defense was not on the field longer than they were supposed to be.
“None of it was over, I didn’t say that,” he said. “I said we extended the plays, because it was the second game. I did not go over anything.”
Coughlin had said he wanted his starters to play 25-30 snaps. Thomas’ injury occurred on the 30th snap.
“They had their ones in there, their first quarterback was in the game,” Coughlin said. “We were facing a two-minute drill, which we thought would be a very good experience for our defensive team. It’s one of those unexplainable kind of things.”