Giants G Chris Snee has been strapping on the pads here since 2004 and finds it strange that his time here may be coming to a close. The Giants placed Snee on season-ending IR today.
Another hip surgery looms and the Pro Bowl lineman and son-in-law of head coach Tom Coughlin feels helpless he can’t play his part in turning this dismal season around.
Snee is hopeful that he can come back next season and continue his Giants career, but all signs appear to be ominous. He spoke to reporters today:
Q: What happened to you? I didn’t see the injury initially. When did it happen?
A: I’ve been feeling it for some time now. I’ve always been able to play through things, but clearly I couldn’t. The best thing is for me to watch my team play and try to get my hip right.
Q: Are you looking at surgery in the near future?
A: That’s likely what we’re looking at, yeah.
Q: On the right hip?
A: On my hip, yeah.
Q: Is it at all realistic that you would play again this season?
A: At this point, likely not. We’ll make a decision on that soon. I’ve prided myself in playing through things and… I just can’t.
Q: Do you think you were maybe compensating?
A: I’m not a doctor. I’ll see Dr. Kelly tomorrow and we’ll discuss what the next step is, but I’ve done everything I can to get this hip right and it’s just not where it needs to be for me to play at the level I want to play at. That’s where we’re at. I’m not going to get into what happened or why it happened, I’ve played a lot of games for this team and had a lot of wear on this body. If I was able to play through something, I would.
Q: Is this something that could potentially affect your career?
A: That’s not something I’m thinking about right now. I’m honestly just trying to get over the frustration of this and deal with surgery and deal with rehab. I’ll think about that later.
Q: Tom was just telling us that if you could get consistent good play along the O-line right now it would do a lot to help this team, obviously the offense but the team overall. For you to know that, because you know that better than anyone, how…?
A: It’s tough. It’s tough to watch and not be able to help. That’s kind of the frustrating part. I couldn’t do anything. Even when I was out there, obviously it wasn’t a help. It’s tough.
Q: I know you’ve got other things on your mind right now, but what does this say about the state of the offensive line today when it’s losing probably its best lineman over the past five or six years?
A: You just have to look at it like it’s the next guy up. The next guy, whoever’s in there, they have an opportunity. I told that to Brewer before he left for Kansas City, to make the most of it. Regardless of how you got the opportunity, you’ve got to capitalize on it. I expect whoever’s in there to perform well and to try to do everything they can to turn this thing around for this team.
Q: Can your presence still be helpful as a guy who’s seen it all, done it all. Can you be helpful in that regard?
A: I would think so. I’ve been… I still got here at 6 o’clock this morning. I’ll do whatever I can.
Q: When you first went out, I know it’s hypothetical, but just the idea, did you see this as the end game or were you confident that, with a couple days rest, that it was going to happen?
A: I’ve always been a guy that by Friday could suit up and play. I was kind of secretly hoping I’d wake up and things would feel differently, I would respond to the treatment and the medicine. It just didn’t happen. It’s frustrating. It’s just a new situation for me. I’ve always been able to play through things. Sometimes things nobody knew about, things that I kept to myself, but I had to be honest with everyone because it really got to the point where I was doing no good, to be honest.