Earlier this week, the New York Giants felt they had received some good news in regards to offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who avoided the need for surgery on his dislocated toe. Rather, Schwartz was placed in a walking boot for 7-10 days and then was to proceed with a week-to-week rehab. Early expectations were that he'd be able to return sometime in the first three weeks of the regular season.
Unfortunately, with injuries piling up across the board — to such an extent that the team had to release Charles James II so that they could carry extra linemen — the Giants are running out of roster spots before the second cutdown day even arrives. As such, General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. are now faced with an exceptionally difficult decision about how many injured players they can afford to carry headed into Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.
With Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) likely sidelined until at least Week 2, Henry Hynoski having suffered a shoulder injury on Thursday night, and other issues with Brandon Mosley (back) and James Brewer (back), Big Blue appears backed into a corner. And with precious few options remaining, Kim Jones reports the Giants will "likely" — albeit reluctantly — place Schwartz on temporary Injured Reserve (IR), sidelining him until at least Week 9.
As NYG cut roster to 53, I'm told it's likely -- but not certain -- they'll use short term IR on Geoff Schwartz. If so, return = Week 9.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) August 29, 2014
Initially, Schwartz called the injury only a "minor setback."
“This is just a minor setback,” said Schwartz. “I plan on attacking the rehab program so I can get back on the field as soon as possible with my teammates and help us win games.”
Although the injury itself and the timeline for a return to health haven't changed, other outside circumstances have. Accordingly, this situation has gone from "minor" to major overnight. And now the Giants will likely have to rely on at least one backup through the first eight weeks of the season.
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