Three months ago to the day, Henry Hynoski was being carted off the field on the very first day of New York Giants OTA's in what appeared to be a very serious knee injury. Hynoski had to have surgery to repair the MCL in his knee, and his status for the start of the regular season was in serious doubt.
Hynoski always vowed to the fans and to himself that he would work extremely hard to be back for the team's regular season opener on September 8 against the Dallas Cowboys. On Thursday, Hynoski has taken a gigantic step to having that happen.
Three months later to the date of the initial knee injury where he banged knees with Andre Brown, Hynoski has passed his physical with the team and is officially activated off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and is eligible to practice with the team starting on Thursday, as Michael Eisen of Giants.com has reported.
The Giants were a little skeptical of Hynoski being ready to start the season, which is why they pursued then-free agent fullback Vonta Leach after he was released by the Baltimore Ravens, but Leach decided to re-sign with the Ravens last month. The Giants were heavily in the mix for Leach's services, but he was looking for more guaranteed money in a deal, which Baltimore was willing to offer, as the Giants could only offer him a veteran's minimum deal due to the limited amount of salary cap space.
Despite losing out on Leach, Hynoski's return to the team has to be very exciting news for the team, as he can use the next three weeks to get back into football-playing shape and prepare for that opening night game against the Cowboys next month.
With Hynoski coming off the kind of injury he had, it's unlikely that he will be playing this Saturday against the New York Jets in the Giants third preseason game, and it's very possible that he doesn't play in the final preseason game next week either against the New England Patriots, especially since he was just activated off the PUP List.
But even if Hynoski doesn't play in the final two games of the summer, Giants fans everywhere should be excited for the fact that one of the league's better fullbacks will be back on the field for the team and will only help make the offense an even better one.
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