For a brief moment, New York Giants guard Chris Snee was feeling better than he had in years. However, as mandatory mini-camp got underway on Tuesday, the veteran found himself sidelined as a result of lingering issues stemming from an offseason elbow surgery. A surgery, Snee admitted, that was far more complex and extensive than originally thought.
Still, neither Snee nor head coach Tom Coughlin expressed any long-term concern regarding the elbow, with both implying he'd sit out for mini-camp and return in time for the start of training camp.
"No need to rush back. My lower body feels great. I'm sure you guys were watching me run out there. I'm moving pretty well," Snee said. "You saw what the Spurs did, right? They rested some older guys. I think we're following that blueprint."
The Spurs blueprint, which led to the domination of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals (a good omen for the Giants), is one Coughlin has no problem implementing. And while he'd like to see Snee out on the field learning the new offense, he believes the veteran will have no problems acclimating upon his return.
"The plan is to see if we can get the elbow right," Coughlin said, adding that he's not worried about it. "He's been here before."
The issue with Snee at this late stage of his career is that he always seem to be there; always seems to be dealing with a lingering injury. And while that's an obvious product of playing in the NFL for so many years, it makes him no more reliable than safety Will Hill, whom the team released because "it's a business" and, ironically, he wouldn't be relied on.
The fact is, a healthy Snee would be a huge bonus for the Giants in 2014, but after resting for multiple Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices and now missing mini-camp, there is some valid skepticism beginning to float around.
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