The Giants learned today that their defensive line which looked so rich and so deep a few weeks ago, is thinning by the hour.
Veteran DT Shaun Rogers, who was brought in to spell Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard, Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin, has been declared out for the season by doctors today with blood clot in his leg.
“Yes. Unfortunately, it is,” said Tom Coughlin when asked if Rogers’ injury was season-ending. “It’s very sad, because you don’t know the real story. He lost 50 pounds. He went from the high 380s to 334 to check in at. He was really excited about being a part of this team. He got along really well with our defensive linemen. He actually asked to go play some more snaps the other night, which I thought was really neat. It’s just a shame. I hate to see…obviously, it’s your health first, and there isn’t any question about that. The only way I guess they can control these things are with these drugs, these blood-thinning drugs. Once you do that, obviously you’re done. I mean, you can’t take a chance on some kind of bleeding that is undetected. So, it’s just a sad thing.”
It was also learned that backup DL Martin Parker will have surgery on a herniated disc in his back and will also be lost for the season. The bad news did not stop there. Coughlin said that the second-year DT Austin was in NYC getting his back checked out at HSS. The problem arose last night after the walk-through.
“I’m praying that when the phone call comes, it’s a good one – that it can be controlled and all that business. But I haven’t heard a word, not since he left,” said Coughlin.
Bernard sat out the preseason opener with a swollen knee, but is back practicing. Canty is still on PUP and did not know if he would be cleared for the Giants’ opener Sept 5:
“It’s tough to say. It’s tough to say. It’s a matter of making sure that we can put together enough good days, making sure that I’m feeling good, and in the kind of shape that I would need to be in to compete at a high level. I’m not going to rule it out, it’s still a possibility. Obviously, I would definitely look forward to being out there on opening day with my guys, being able to hunt. We’ll see.”
The healthy group for the moment are Joseph, seventh-round draft pick Markus Kuhn and Dwayne Hendricks, who had two sacks and another TFL vs the Jaguars last week.
The players have been complaining about the mattresses at UAlbany, and it is not out of the question that they may be playing a role in the multitude of back ailments this summer.
Coughlin: “I do know about the mattresses, and they are ours. So, what do you want me to answer now?”
How is your bed?
“I don’t know. My rear end is bothering me, but it’s not from that.”