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New York Giants Injury Notes: Coughlin Explains Terrell Thomas Decision

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It was difficult not to root for Terrell Thomas to make a successful comeback to the New York Giants this season, even after he aggravated his twice-torn ACL early in training camp. He is a likable guy, one who appreciates the fans, and when healthy was a very good player.

When the Giants placed him on season-ending Injured Reserve on Friday there was a bit of surprise. Many thought the Giants would wait and use the newly-created short-term IR designation on Thomas, hoping he could contribute later in the season.

On Saturday, head coach Tom Coughlin explained the team's decision.

"We felt that in the best interest of the player and the team that this was the direction that we should go with both Shaun Rogers and Terrell Thomas," Coughlin said. "It certainly is a difficult thing. ... we have to think in the best long-term interest of not only the player but also the club and exactly where we’re at."

You have to wonder if Thomas will ever be a productive, full-time NFL player again.

Other injury news

- Marvin Austin: Coughlin said the defensive tackle's back is improving and that "if not this week, can we hope for next week."

- Prince Amukamara: Coughlin said "It doesn’t look like he’ll make this week."

- Jayron Hosley: Could play against the Dallas Cowboys depending on his "level of pain tolerance."

- Will Beatty: The starting left tackle is practicing, and Coughlin said only that the team is trying to "move him along."