The Henry Hynoski situation from Thursday's game against the New England Patriots looked to be taking an unfortunate turn when the New York Giants fullback left the game due to an apparent rotator cuff injury, as suggested by coach Tom Coughlin. The news broken Friday had a better and less alarming indication of Hynoski's injury: a contusion.
The fullback battle coming out of Giants camp this preseason has been one of the most interesting compared to the team's other position battles. Hynoski is the incumbent despite being out for most of last season, while John Conner, who filled in for Hynoski during that time, was attempting to outperform Hynoski and take over the job permanently. Both players have their supporters, but from what this new offense has to offer, the decision to keep and cut who came down to who is the most versatile player: a player that can block and catch.
Had Hynoski's situation been worse, it would have put the Giants in a tough spot. The Giants would have John Conner take the fullback spot and perhaps place Hynoski on injured reserve or be forced to release him. When it was still undetermined about Hynoski's injury Thursday night, John Conner hoped that the injury would not keep him out for long, though that would have given him the job.
"That's unfortunate for him," Conner said. "I don't wish that on anybody. I'm praying for him. He's a tough guy and he's having a great camp and hopefully everything comes back all right and he's OK."
How Conner treated the situation was a classy act on his part and it shows what kind of a character he is.
Both fullbacks have contributed to the organization in their young budding careers and this is just the simple case of having too many good players. One will be great for your team while the other will do great with another. It is just a matter of who will do better, and that was the toughest part of the decision for New York.
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