Andrew Thomas, the starting left tackle and No. 4 overall draft pick for the New York Giants, had surgery on his left ankle this week. Thomas posted a photo on his Instagram story with his leg wrapped in a hospital bed.
“It’s an issue that had bothered Thomas for a while, but he was able to manage the pain during the season,” Dan Duggan of The Athletic tweeted. “He should be ready for the offseason program.”
Pat Leonard of the Daily News suggested the initial injury was suffered in training camp and Thomas has been dealing with the problem all season. Despite the injury, Thomas started 15 games and the only game he didn’t start was for disciplinary reasons - he showed up late for a meeting on the Saturday before the Giants’ first game against Washington.
It wasn’t common knowledge that Thomas was playing through an injury. It could be one factor as to why he struggled early on in the season, but it obviously can’t all be attributed to the ankle ailment. By all accounts, Thomas seems poised to be ready for training camp and will be eager to start his second season on the left side of the Giants’ offensive line.