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Was Thomas in the game too long?

New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas lies on

New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas lies on the field as teammates Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Michael Coe and Aaron Ross and trainers gather around him after he was injured on a play during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears. (Aug. 22, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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.”

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