New York Giants' fullback Henry Hynoski, continued to rehab following surgery for a knee injury suffered during OTAs, said Tuesday that his goal remains to be on the field for the team's season opener on Sept. 8 vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
"I'm going to do everything in my power to get back for the first game," said Hynoski. "That's my goal, that's my intention, but ultimately that decision is not up to me."
Is it realistic at this point to expect the 24-year-old Hynoski to be back when the season begins? He is still wearing a bulky brace on his left knee, but he is able to attend practice and watch his teammates. He did not say he would definitely be back or that he was confident he would be back, only that a Week 1 return is still his target.
"I just want to get back to playing football at the earliest possible date," said the third-year player. "Everything is going really well in rehab. I haven't had any steps backward."
The Giants have Bear Pascoe working at fullback and recently signed former Minnesota Vikings fullback Ryan D'Imperio. There was also lots of speculation about Vonta Leach before he decided to re-join the Baltimore Ravens. Hynoski said he has tried not to worry about any of that.
"When something like this happens you know they're going to bring in somebody. You can't concern yourself with worrying about that," Hynoski said. The minute you do that the minute your focus goes away from rehab."
Hynoski said the knee injury, reported as an MCL and chip fracture of the lateral plateau, occurred simply because he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."
"That's football and you can't focus on the negatives," Hynoski said. "You've got to focus on the positives, and the positives are that I'm going to be back and I'm going to be healthy."
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