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Finn's injury raises lots of questions

Jim Finn
The Giants have seemingly been trying to replace fullback Jim Finn throughout the off-season.

Now it appears they might have no choice but to find a new fullback.

Coach Tom Coughlin let it slip the other day that Finn has not been at voluntary OTAs because of a shoulder injury apparently suffered during one of the first OTAs in May.

The severity of the injury is not yet known, nor is exactly how Finn was hurt. I'll admit that I'm not well-versed in the rules that govern these off-season workouts, but I do know that contact is not supposed to be allowed -- even though most teams and the Players Association seem to wink at that rule and ignore it.

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger has been all over this development.

You have to wonder if there will be any repurcussions if it turns out Finn was injured during a contact drill, as seems possible.

A more pressing concern for the Giants, though, is who will play fullback if Finn is unable to. Robert Douglas is the only other fullback listed on the Giants depth chart.

Fullback is often an afterthought, and I haven't quite understood all the attention the Giants paid to the position this off-season. Remember, they signed Vonta Leach to an offer sheet before the restricted free agent went back to the Houston Texans.

Finn had shoulder surgery in 2005, and if this injury turns out to be serious the fullback position is likely to get tons of attention when training camp opens next month.