Injuries happen this time of year and are, perhaps, the most frustrating. The 2013 NFL Season doesn’t officially start until next month, yet players are dropping (and are ultimately lost) to tears, breaks and strains already. Entering week two of the preseason, how will the New York Giants fair in this area since Big Blue and the injury bug appear to be longtime annual compadres?
Although nothing can actually forecast how many injuries will occur, let’s call it a “gut feeling” that this year, they won’t be a lingering issue. Sure, players have been waived/injured due to being hurt (wideout Kris Adams and, maybe, tight end/fullback Larry Donnell), but so far no one that is of the expected core 53-man. If anything, some wounded players are of a higher mindset — like in the old school days when a few days were taken to “heal up” and the field was a priority. We still sit in the midst of training camp with roster cuts and preseason on tap, so there’s plenty of time for that old nemesis, injury to swing by for his humor-filled visit. Or not.
Back to that “gut feeling” — it sneaks up and is laughed at (see: 2007 post-Buffalo Bills exciting “all-weather” game and 2011 right after the battle versus the New York Jets) often, but it pokes for a reason. Let’s not get things twisted, because this feeling can (and has) set some of us up for some major disappointment. However, there are times when it is more than persistent and tends to reiterate with more than one type of reminder. 2013 is shaping up to be one of those seasons — where doubters come on strong, the underdog mentality reigns supreme, and “TEAM” means everything. This will include manning up through all types of hurt.
Recently, huge vocal team leader, safety Antrel Rolle rolled his ankle in practice and most of the Big Blue Faithful congregation held their collective breath. It didn’t matter who claimed they were ready to step in and up, the one thing about Rolle is that he is real and all about the New York Football Giants…and the fans trust his words. He’s more optimistic than trainers and doctors for the Giants. He wants to play in preseason. We all know is would behoove the team to let that ankle heal to 100%, no matter how much football passion #26 shows. It is tempting to have him always on the field, though…
Other players that are being thought of as questionable at the most for week one of the regular season versus the Dallas Cowboys (if activated off of the physically unable to perform list) are fullback Henry Hynoski (MCL repair in May) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (herniated disc/micro-back surgery in June). Their “replacements” aren’t defined as of yet, but they may not need to be. Temporary depth slot players for a few key play calls may be all that are needed until these two are “full go” and off the PUP. Otherwise, another six weeks (into the regular season) are needed.
The inevitable is going to happen; American football is a brutal and violent sport. The statement here is that this season, it won’t be an obligatory fallback excuse for blue.
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