Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas admits it was difficult to watch his teammates win the Super Bowl without him. But after spending last season at home in Los Angeles rehabbing from a knee injury he suffered in training camp, Thomas said there were plenty of positives he took away from 2011.
"It was tough, but when you look at it in hindsight, it was a blessing," Thomas said today after working out with his teammates during the Giants' Official Team Activity session. It was his first practice session since suffering a torn ACL during the 2011 preseason. "I learned a lot as a father, as a young man and as a football player. I learned what I needed to do to get over the hump and become a great player and help this team get to the playoffs and contribute. I saw how they came together and saw ways where I could fit in. At the same time, I learned about my family and just being a father."
Thomas was limited to individual drills yesterday, and got a painful reminder about just how fleeting the NFL can be. Midway through practice, teammate Brian Witherspoon, who also suffered a torn ACL during the same game Thomas was injured, re-injured his knee.
"It was tough to see him go down," Thomas said. "He’s one of my teammates that had the same injury, so that hit home tome. I was right there. My biggest thing was to keep getting out there. That’s the toughest part is the mental thing. That’s what’s the hardest thing to get over."
Thomas said he expects to be ready to resume practice on a full-time basis when the team reports to training camp in Albany in late July. He might do limited work in next month's mini-camp.