New York Giants defensive end Chris Canty expected to be ready for training camp following an offseason knee injury, but upon reporting to Albany, the veteran was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Now, with opening night against the Dallas Cowboys exactly five weeks away, Canty isn't even sure if he'll be ready to suit up for that game.
"I don't know," Canty said when asked if he'll be ready to play Dallas.
Being unable to practice with his teammates is beginning to wear more on Canty's psyche than the uncertain timetable for his return. He told reporters on Saturday that he doesn't really feel like he's at training camp despite physically being in attendance.
"It's tough anytime you can't go out there and be out there with your teammates," Canty said. "I'm here, but at the same time it's kind of like I'm not able to go out on the field and work with the guys, kind of establish that rapport and let that relationship of working together get a chance to gel with the guys and that kind of thing."
Canty continues to assert that he will do what the doctors tell him and return only when they give the green light. He also said of head Tom Coughlin, "if the boss says it's going to be a while, then it's going to be a while."
It's never been made clear exactly what sort of knee surgery Canty had or when he had it, but whatever it was, appears to have been serious and is now putting week one of the regular season in jeopardy.
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