Back in late June during an interview with WFAN, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese made a comment that caught our attention. He noted that, after a poor Spring, the jury remained out on offensive lineman Chris Snee and that there was a level of uncertainty about his ability to contribute in 2014. Perhaps more interesting was that Reese implied some sort of decision on Snee's future would be made in the coming weeks.
"The jury is still out on Chris Snee," Reese said during the interview. "He was still not doing great this Spring, but we'll see in the next few weeks if he'll be able to help us or not. I think he'll make a decision one way or another and we'll see where that goes."
To this point, no decision on Snee's future has been made. But after an entire offseason of talk about how he was returning to health, loving the game of football and had at least one more year of competition left in him, it now appears as if Snee and those around him are uncertain of his ability to contribute in 2014. And a recent report by The Star-Ledger would seem to support that, with a source informing them that although Snee is "on track" to return for training camp, there are a lot of "ifs" and "buts" facing the veteran right now.
When talking with people close to Snee and the team, terms such as pain management, hopeful and crossing our fingers were used. Snee could last 16 games, 16 days or 16 minutes. Nobody knows for sure what his status will be after several weeks of contact. It's about as shaky a scenario for an NFL player still penciled in as a starter that can possibly exist.
The sad reality facing the Giants is that if Snee was unable to remain on the field during non-contact drills, the likelihood of him enduring a constant beating once actual contact begins seems exceptionally unlikely.
With lingering hip and elbow issues — with the elbow now appearing to be the major problem — coupled with his uncertain future, the Giants will have no choice but to move forward in training camp as if they will not have Snee for all 16 games this season. Someone else, whether it be John Jerry, Brandon Mosley or whoever else, is going to have to step up.
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