Earlier this month, New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin said his back was improving and he was inching closer to a return to the field. Unfortunately, sometime between then and now, the 2011 second-round pick suffered a setback and will not likely be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
"He was doing well, and then he had a little setback. It’s an issue again," head coach Tom Coughlin said.
After being suspended during his senior season at UNC and missing his rookie year due to a torn pectoral muscle, the last thing Austin needs is to miss more time. Over that span, he's played in only two preseason games, including one earlier this year prior to suffering a back injury – an injury he refuses to blame on the beds at the University at Albany.
With the status of both Chris Canty (PUP – knee) and Shaun Rogers (blood clot) uncertain, the last thing the Giants need is for this back issue to linger. As it stands now, Linval Joseph and veteran Rocky Bernard are the starters, with rookie Markus Kuhn, Marcus Thomas, Dwayne Hendricks, Carlton Powell and Oren Wilson battling for a roster spot and playing time.
The Giants have until 4:00 PM EST on Monday to trim their roster down to 75, and there stands a good chance that some players with lingering injuries may end up on Injured Reserve.
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