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Giants Defeat Bears, Lose Terrell Thomas To ACL Injury

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The New York Giants got a solid effort from their offense, defense and special teams in a 41-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night at the Meadowlands.

But New York’s win also came with a big loss.  Starting cornerback Terrell Thomas suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Thomas, the Giants’ leading tackler from last season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee with 22 seconds left in the first half.

Thomas, who is in the final year of his contract, was hurt late in the 2nd quarter.  Thomas and Jason Pierre-Paul collided on a sack attempt – with the second-year defensive end hitting Thomas around the knee from an awkward angle.

Aaron Ross will take Thomas’ place as the Giants starting cornerback.  He’ll play opposite Corey Webster – New York’s other starting cornerback. This is another crushing blow to the Giants already thin defensive backfield.  First-round draft pick Prince Amukamara is out until October with a broken foot.  The Giants also lost back-up cornerback Bruce Johnson for the season early in training camp with a ruptured Achilles.

As for the game, Brandon Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run and Domenik Hixon caught a 5-yard touchdown pass for the Giants.  Eli Manning went 8 of 16 for 78 yards while Jacobs had 6 carries for 48 yards.

David Carr, who is battling Sage Rosenfels for the backup quarterback job, went 9 of 11 for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

D.J. Ware scored on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter to give New York a 27-6 lead and rookie halfback Da’Rel Scott, from the University of Maryland, had a 97-yard run in the closing minutes after cancer survivor Mark Herzlich intercepted a pass near the goal line.

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