Following word that defensive tackle Martin Parker would miss the entire 2012 season after suffering a herniated disk, and that Shaun Rogers was dealing with a blood clot in his leg that could effectively end his long NFL career, New York Giants fans were in desperate need of some good news on Tuesday. Luckily, that's exactly what they got -at least to some small extent- when Chris Canty revealed that he's progressing and would not rule out a week one return.
"I’m definitely getting better. Just the level of activity, what we’re able to do, my general feelings about it, not dealing with pain or anything like that. It’s continuing to progress," Canty said. "We knew this was gonna be a long process, obviously I didn’t think it would be this long but I think we're being smart about it, we're taking the right approach. It’s important for me to do everything I can mentally and physically to make sure when I do get the clearance to step out on that field I’m ready to go."
An exact timetable for Canty's recovery has never been made public, and it doesn't sound like one is forthcoming. However, the fact that the veteran defensive tackle has begun to run and work with weights is a promising sign.
Canty was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start training camp after undergoing offseason knee surgery. The extent of his injury and what exactly was done to correct it remains murky, and speculation has recently focused on the possibility of microfracture surgery … however there's been no evidence to support that particular theory.
#99 was visibly upset talking about the other defensive tackles today, especially Rogers, whose situation Canty described as "Sad. Very sad."
In the event Canty doesn't return by week one, the Giants would have to rely on those currently on the roster: Rocky Bernard, Linval Joseph, Markus Kuhn and Dwayne Hendricks. Another option is outsourcing, and a name that may pop up is Jimmy Kennedy. However, the team worked out three DT's this morning and Kennedy, who was with the team last season, was not among them.
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