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Around The NFC East: All Your ACLs Are Belong To Us

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Terrell Thomas #24 of the New York Giants is introduced against the Washington Redskinson December 5 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - DECEMBER 05: Terrell Thomas #24 of the New York Giants is introduced against the Washington Redskinson December 5 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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There have been a few notable injuries on the defensive side of the ball around the NFC East in the past few days. All stories involve guys re-injuring knees that were hurt only a year ago.

First and most significant is Giants CB Terrell Thomas who is feared to have a partial tear of the same ACL he tore last year in preseason. This will mark the 3rd ACL tear in that knee in Thomas' career, which could very well mean that his career is over. You really can't help but feel bad for a guy who worked for a whole year to come back from an injury only to see it re-occur just days into training camp.

Thomas was projected to resume his role as a starter for the Giants, who will now turn to former first round pick Prince Amukamara to take over the spot opposite Corey Webster. Amukamara didn't have a very impressive rookie season and struggled with injuries himself... but no offseason, no camp etc. You've heard it all before about a lot of rookies last season. This is really a reset year for most of those guys.

I would say that Thomas is a big loss for the Giants, but they were without him all of last season and won the Super Bowl, so it really can't be all that bad.

The Redskins also fell victim to the ACL bug as LB Jonathon Goff was lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Like Thomas, he tore the same ACL last season. Goff was expected to backup London Fletcher at middle linebacker. Washington cut Goff yesterday.

The Skins will also likely be without starting LG Kory Lichtensteiger for the remainder of the preseason after he had his knee scoped to clean out cartilage. It was, as is the theme here, the same knee Lichtensteiger injured last year and needed surgery on.