Duggan notes that it’s the same ankle that was injured in his rookie season, which is a worrying sign. Still, all parties involved hope that this second procedure will put an end to the problem. The 23-year-old landed on injured reserve in October as a result of the nagging ailment. He ended up missing four games, after playing the full 16 games of his rookie campaign, including 15 starts.
The fourth overall pick out of Georgia in 2020, Thomas didn’t perform at a level on par with such a high draft slot or his pedigree coming out of college. However, he showed a great deal of improvement in year two, allowing only two sacks in pass protection; that led to an impressive PFF grade of 82.8. His absence, when injured, was felt for a Giants offensive line that has struggled to find consistency in recent years.
Duggan notes that Thomas is expected to have fully recovered in time for the Giants’ offseason program. However, he adds that the team “will likely exercise caution” given both his injury history and overall importance to the franchise.