Thomas hopes to start running this week

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Terrell Thomas isn't sure what will happen with him when the Giants reduce their roster to 53 on Friday.

But he hopes to be cleared to start running on Wednesday or Thursday. He will visit with Dr. Russell Warren on Wednesday and he still holds out hope of playing in the season opener against Dallas, but that seems to be a long shot.

ThomasThomas"I've been running on the underwater treadmill, got on the elliptical today, squatting, lunging, doing everything like I was 100 percent," Thomas said. "Obviously we're still taking it slow and hopefully I can get a good update from Dr. Warren and I can start running Wednesday or Thursday."

Thomas aggravated his surgically repaired right ACL early in camp and has been rehabbing his knee. He avoided further surgery and hopes to play this season. The cornerback wrote on his blog last week that his goal was to still play against the Cowboys on Sept. 5. But head coach Tom Coughlin made it sound as if Thomas still has a ways to go.

"I feel great," Thomas said. "I feel like I'm improving, my leg feels great, but I think they're going to be cautious and slow me down as much as possible and give it a couple of more weeks. But you never know."

The Giants have to cut their roster down to 53, and with Prince Amukamara out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain, Coughlin will need healthy cornerbacks. Third-round pick Jayron Hosley (turf toe) just shed his protective walking boot this week.

Thomas said there has been no hint of him potentially landing on the injured reserve so far to create room on the roster.

"Not that I know of, but I do understand that it's a business and that's what comes with it," Thomas said. "That's why I'm in here working my butt off every day, because it's a numbers game. They drafted a first-rounder last year [Amukamara] and a [third-rounder] this year and those guys are gunning for my spot and I understand that."

"I was that guy before," Thomas added. "And I respect that and understand that's a part of the business."

Thomas doesn't think he needs to show the Giants something before they make any decisions on Friday.

"Not at all. I think I've shown enough since I've been here," Thomas said. "You never know with this type of injury. It's a time thing. You don't want to rush it. They have my back to give me that time and, you know, if not, they would have opted for the surgery because it was like a coin flip."

"I didn't need it, but it would have helped regardless," Thomas added. "I'm very confident in myself and where I stand with this team, but it's a business, you know. You see guys get cut left and right on these judgment days."

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