After two straight days of praising the New York Giants for their sudden burst of health — uh oh, maybe we jinxed them — head coach Tom Coughlin admitted on Thursday that not everything is puppy dogs and rainbows. Sure, quarterback Eli Manning, running back David Wilson, guard Chris Snee and safety Stevie Brown may all be practicing without limitation, but there's been one clear absence over the first two days: offensive lineman John Jerry.
Early speculation was that Jerry might be held out as he awaits mental clearance from the NFL (see: Giants’ John Jerry Won’t Face Suspension; Will Need Mental Evaluation to Play in 2014), but Coughlin revealed on Thursday that he's actually sitting out after undergoing knee surgery and is expected to miss the entirety of the offseason program.
"John Jerry is here, but he has a knee [injury]. He comes out and it swells, so they are holding him inside," Coughlin said. "He had a little procedure, a scope, so he won't work this Spring. But he's here."
Unfortunately, Jerry isn't the only player expected to sit out for the duration of the offseason program, as Coughlin also announced that wide receiver Mario Manningham, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and left tackle Will Beatty, who is recovering from a broken leg, will be out until at least training camp and perhaps beyond.
"Supposedly they'll be ready for Fall," Coughlin said. "According to the Doctors, that's what they want."
Although Jerry should be ready by the start of the regular season, there's a realistic possibility that both Manningham and Beatty get placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
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