With all of the injury news involving the defensive tackle position that the New York Giants announced Tuesday morning, Chris Canty became a center of attention. Canty, the team's best defensive tackle a season ago, remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list as he rehabs from offseason knee surgery.
Canty still has no timetable for his return, but said playing in the regular-season opener Sept. 5 against the Dallas Cowboys was a "possibility" and he was "not going to rule it out."
The eight-year veteran said he is "definitely getting better," and his knee feels better now than it did at the end of last season. He admitted he did not think initially that his recovery from surgery would take this long.
"I think we're being smart about it, we're taking the right approach," Canty said. "It's important for me to everything mentally and physically to make sure that when I do get the clearance to step out there on the field that I'm ready to go."
Canty was asked about the run of injuries on the defensive line.
"It's tough, it's unfortunate, especially in Shaun's case," Canty said. "He put so much work into getting himself ready to play and compete for a championship. Just the work that he's done, losing the weight, coming back in great physical condition. It sucks that he's not going to be able to be a part of that."
Rogers, a 12-year veteran signed as a free agent in the offseason, was examined by Dr. Russell Warren at the Hospital for Special Surgery and is being treated by vascular surgeon Dr. John Karwowaki for a blood clot in his lower leg. Last season, veteran Giants offensive lineman Stacy Andrews experienced a blood clot that ended his season.
Here is the rundown on some of the other injured defensive lineman.
- Martin Parker was also examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and will have season-ending surgery on a herniated disc in his back.
- Marvin Austin, the 2011 second-round pick who missed last season with a torn pectoral muscle, is being examined Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery for a back injury.
- Defensive end Justin Trattou was originally thought to be out with a lateral sprain of his ankle. Trattou admitted Tuesday, however, that he had been trying to play through a heel injury which caused the ankle problem. He has been seen by both Dr. Warren and foot/ankle special Dr. David Levine. A clearly frustrated Trattou today called it a "stupid injury" and said "you can't run, you can't play." There is no timetable for him to get back on the field, and he could have already lost the fourth defensive end job to Adrian Tracy.