His father-in-law and head coach Tom Coughlin is a part of the brass that Snee will have to meet with, but from the way he spoke to the media at Friday just before the start of the 2014 NFL Combine, the 67-year-old is expecting his son-in-law and starting right guard to be back with the team and attempt to come back from his injuries and play.
"I think there's no question. I think certainly there's a natural, built-in timetable (for Snee to make an official decision) as far as progress goes along here," Coughlin said. "He's in the rehab aspect of it. For anyone that has been injured, the rehab and all of those things come into play as you start to formulate where you are. Right now, I'm optimistic about it."
Snee missed 13 games during the 2013 season after he injured his hip back in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers and ended up on season-ending injured reserve, an injury that had many people wondering if the 32-year-old veteran would ever play in the NFL again. Snee had mentioned earlier in the winter that he would give it an attempt to play this season, but if it didn't work out, he would walk away from the game and retire after 10 seasons, all with the Giants. Coughlin said that Snee is progressing well and feeling good from the injury he suffered five months ago.
"He's progressing well, he's working, he's building himself up," Coughlin said. "He's feeling good and he's looking forward to feeling better. So all I can tell you is that he's made very good progress."
If healthy and able to play, the right guard spot could be one less position that the Giants have to look at replacing in free agency or the 2014 NFL Draft. With Snee out for most of the season, David Diehl played the rest of the way at right guard and did a decent job stepping in for his long-time teammate, but Diehl is now retired, which takes one less option away from the line. There was some chatter about taking Justin Pugh and moving him inside, but if the Giants can somehow get a healthy Snee, they can leave Pugh at right tackle, where he played extremely well at last season.
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