In the latest news on the New York Giants' ever evolving list of injured players, is Weston Richburg. Richburg hasn't practiced this week due to tendinitis in his left knee that cropped up during the Giants' second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Fortunately, if the term can be applied to an injury, this is a new injury and not an existing injury that flared up at an inopportune time.
"Last year, I was fine. It just all of a sudden popped up this year. Like I said, we're trying to figure it out now. Figure out how we can eliminate this problem before the season rolls around and the games actually count and it's for real," Richburg said.
"We're trying to figure out a way to manage this. I guess it's kind of a blessing it happened during preseason, where we kind of have just maybe a little more time, even though it's still urgent. Have a little more time to figure this thing out."
More than any pain or limitation, Richburg's injury imposes limitations on the developing chemistry among the Giants young offensive linemen.
"It's tough. I want to be out there just for chemistry purposes -- work with my guys, make sure we're getting everything ready for the regular season. At the same time, you want to get healthy for the regular season. So it's a really tough conflict," Richburg said.
If there is any upside to getting tendinitis, it is that it happened in the preseason rather than the regular season, something that Richburg fully realizes.
"Well, it's not as much of an issue as if it would have happened in the regular season, I think," Richburg said. "So like I said, preseason gives us a little more time to figure it out, even though it still is an urgent situation. It allows us opportunity to figure out what we're going to do if this thing pops back up in the regular season.
"It’d be different, I think. Like I said, we’re trying to figure out a way to kind of get a plan of action put together now, just in case something goes on in the regular season."
Whether or not Richburg plays against the Jets in the "Snoopy Bowl" is still an unknown.
"We haven't talked about that yet. Like I said, I want to be out here with them. But also understand that I want to be out there the entire regular season. We'll continue to talk about it and figure out what we want to do."
Coach Tom Coughlin did say that Richburg felt good by Thursday, and would have practiced if it weren't a rest day. And what about that rest day? Much has been made of the fact that Tom Coughlin, who is perceived as being stodgy, resistant to change, and ignorant of "sports science", implemented a rest and recovery day. What do the players think? Well, the "Bossman" of the offensive line approves.
"It’s different, yeah. I think there are definitely some benefits for it. I think we got some good rehab, kind of rejuvenation work for the entire team, which is good. I’m interested to see some results from this.
It’s different, yeah. I think there are definitely some benefits for it. I think we got some good rehab, kind of rejuvenation work for the entire team, which is good. I’m interested to see some results from this."
Richburg flashed some personality when he ended the press conference by scolding the media members for holding him up and keeping him from getting his massage.