It's been a week of bad news for the New York Giants and their defensive line. Having already lost both Shaun Rogers (blood clot) and Martin Parker (back) to season-ending injuries, and having waived Justin Trattou (heel), the last thing the team could afford was losing defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who recently made a trip to the Hospital for Special Surgery with a back issue of his own. Luckily, as head coach Tom Coughlin prayed for, the injury was minor and Austin may return to practice as early as next week.
"I'm good. I'm straight," Austin said when asked how his back was. "[Just] a little back ache.”
Austin will not play on Saturday against the New York Jets, and is unsure of his status for the rest of the preseason. However, the regular season does not appear to be in jeopardy at this point, and the sore back can likely be attributed to Austin's lack of playing -not the University at Albany beds- in recent years.
“Obviously my body is adapting to it, so it could’ve had a little affect,” Austin said. “I don’t think it was the mattress’ fault. I didn’t have the best bed, but it wasn’t the worst.”
Due to the sudden and overwhelming number of injuries to their defensive tackles, the team was forced into signing both Oren Wilson and Carlton Powell, and are also expected to announce the signing of former Denver Broncos fourth-round pick Marcus Thomas at some point today.
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