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Linval Joseph Played 2013 Season with Torn Labrum; Hid Injury from New York Giants

July 27th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The 2013 New York Giants were one of the most injured teams in NFL history and it was actually worse than anyone knew. Even the Giants themselves.

Now with the Minnesota Vikings after signing a five-year, $31.5 million deal early in free agency, defensive tackle Linval Joseph admits he played the 2013 with a partially torn lambrum in his shoulder and never once let the Giants' team doctors know he was injured. Rather, he waited until season's end to reveal the injury, which subsequently required an offseason surgery.

"I kept it to myself," Joseph told the Pioneer Press. "I played through it. By me being hurt, it showed me a different side of my game. So I just had to get smarter, quicker and just study and use just straight power. So it actually developed my game to the next level."

The Giants, apparently, had no idea Joseph was even laboring as he never once appeared on their injury report with a shoulder injury. Rather, he finished the season having played in 15 games, collecting 59 tackles, three sacks and six stuffs. The one game he missed came in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles when he was dealing with an ankle/knee issue.

Given the extreme numbers of injuries the Giants endured in 2013, it's possible Joseph was merely being a team player and forcing himself through an injury as to not put the team in an even worse position. Another option — and perhaps far more realistic — is that Joseph knew he was in a contract year and had to do whatever he could to earn a large, long-term contract.

Mission accomplished.

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6 Responses to “Linval Joseph Played 2013 Season with Torn Labrum; Hid Injury from New York Giants”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Dan,

    Kudos to for keeping the fires burning.

    Now the fun begins.

    Speaking of which, do you clowns realize there’s a game a week from today? Where did the summer go?

  2.  Since 1963 says:

    Going back to the no-fullback possibility, I’m having a hard time imagining that the TEs can do everything a FB can. Yes, the game has changed since Parcells and Young brought in Mo Carthon, and maybe offenses have moved away from the crushing lead block by a FB because it limits the offensive sets you can run if you have to have two backs on every play. But if our group of TEs were such fine blockers–and note, we spent zero draft picks on the position this year–wouldn’t we have known it by now? Which isn’t to say that McAdoo’s making a mistake, only that here we have two very good traditional fullbacks in Conner and Hynocerous, and suddenly they’re not needed. Is this wholly because of a philosophy change? Or is it that they’re trying to save a roster spot wherever they can? If it’s the latter, I’m not impressed.

    •  Krow says:

      One of the most important talents a FB must possess in a 21st century offense is the ability to catch passes and then get YAC. This wasn’t a problem when we ran that leather helmet mess of Gilbride’s. But those days are gone.

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