New York Giants rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich hasn't seen the field since late November against the New Orleans Saints, recovering from what had previously been believed to be a severe high ankle sprain.
After missing his sixth consecutive game on Sunday, Herzlich revealed, in response to some rather unruly and disrespectful fans, that's he's been out nursing a broken ankle, not a sprained ankle.
"I am recovering from a broken ankle," Herzlich tweeted to a fan.
The Giants aren't required to disclose specific details of any injury, so Herzlich has been on the injury reported listed with "ankle" and nothing more. Accordingly, there's no way of knowing how bad Herzlich's broken ankle was or how close he is to returning. However, Big Blue has to believe he's got a chance to get back on the field or they would have placed him on Injured Reserve by now.
Herzlich did attempt to do some running last week, and told reporters he was pain free.
"Last week when I tried to do some running, it didn't really work out too well," Herzlich said on Friday. "This week felt really good, pain-free."
Given the improvement seen a week ago, it's not a stretch to think Herzlich will play in the NFC Championship game. And if the injuries sustained against the Packers were all minimal for the Giants, it would actually mark the healthiest they've been all season.
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