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New York Giants’ Chris Canty Says Week One Return is a Possibility

August 14th, 2012 at 2:30 PM
By Dan Benton

Following word that defensive tackle Martin Parker would miss the entire 2012 season after suffering a herniated disk, and that Shaun Rogers was dealing with a blood clot in his leg that could effectively end his long NFL career, New York Giants fans were in desperate need of some good news on Tuesday. Luckily, that's exactly what they got -at least to some small extent- when Chris Canty revealed that he's progressing and would not rule out a week one return.

"I’m definitely getting better. Just the level of activity, what we’re able to do, my general feelings about it, not dealing with pain or anything like that. It’s continuing to progress," Canty said. "We knew this was gonna be a long process, obviously I didn’t think it would be this long but I think we're being smart about it, we're taking the right approach. It’s important for me to do everything I can mentally and physically to make sure when I do get the clearance to step out on that field I’m ready to go."

An exact timetable for Canty's recovery has never been made public, and it doesn't sound like one is forthcoming. However, the fact that the veteran defensive tackle has begun to run and work with weights is a promising sign.

Canty was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start training camp after undergoing offseason knee surgery. The extent of his injury and what exactly was done to correct it remains murky, and speculation has recently focused on the possibility of microfracture surgery … however there's been no evidence to support that particular theory.

#99 was visibly upset talking about the other defensive tackles today, especially Rogers, whose situation Canty described as "Sad. Very sad."

In the event Canty doesn't return by week one, the Giants would have to rely on those currently on the roster: Rocky Bernard, Linval Joseph, Markus Kuhn and Dwayne Hendricks. Another option is outsourcing, and a name that may pop up is Jimmy Kennedy. However, the team worked out three DT's this morning and Kennedy, who was with the team last season, was not among them.

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18 Responses to “New York Giants’ Chris Canty Says Week One Return is a Possibility”

  1.  kujo says:

    Dan Graziano ?@espn_nfceast
    RT @art_stapleton: Great blitz pickup by David Wilson on Greg Jones, allowing long completion to Jerrel Jernigan, who made sweet catch

    LOL….let’s not get too excited. There aren’t many starting linebackers as awful as Greg Jones.

    •  Krow says:

      What’s worse is that somehow Greg Jones beat our OL and had a shot at our QB. That’s chilling !

    •  Eric S says:

      What you do have to like about it though is that he identified who his responsibility was. The mental part of blitz pickup is what everyone around here treats as rocket science. Maybe this will ease some concerns about his ability to recognize and pick up blitzers.

  2.  Krow says:

    Canty also went on to say how he expects to win the lottery this year, and that his application to become an astronaut should be approved any day now.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Hey, at least Canty’s running and lifting means he’s unlikely to miss more than the first half of the season. That’s a start in the right direction.

    Any word on Austin’s back?

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I think the toughest call will be whether we PUP Canty. It seems that if he just started lifting and running there’s no shot at playing week 1 but that also doesn’t sound 10 weeks away which he would be if placed on PUP. So do you “waste” a roster spot for 3-4 weeks? Also, Sash’s suspension means we could carry 5 DTs for at least the first 4 games.

    •  Krow says:

      What sort of shape will he be in after missing all this time? Do we squander a roster spot … in effect losing a player … just to keep Canty off PUP?

      Seems like a no-brainer to PUP him.

  5.  Krow says:

    Goodbye Shaun Rogers. Bad break.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Too bad. I thought he was a great acquisition and that he’d really help against the run. And he worked awfully hard to get his weight down and in shape. Then a leg whip undoes all those well-laid plans.

      It’s a damned good thing they brought back Rocky or we’d all be justified in going into panic mode.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    It really is profoundly disturbing that over the last five seasons the Giants’ serious injuries have “clustered” in one particular part of the team. Safeties, linebackers, wide receivers, cornerbacks and offensive linemen each took their turn. Now it seems to be the turn of the defensive tackles.

    Even the best GM in the world cannot build enough depth to avoid a weakening of the team under those circumstances.

    Hendricks and Kuhn will have to grow up fast. Even if we get a veteran defensive end signed (and I strongly believe we should), both of those kids are going to have to perform, starting against the Jets. Even if at least one of them is headed to the practice squad, they have to perform well in the preseason games so if Reese feels he has to reach for a veteran tackle other GMs won’t feel he’s absolutely desperate.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Obviously, I meant defensive tackle.

      And glad to see the organization, unlike some of the fans, realizes that a veteran is most definitely required.

  7.  F0XLIN says:

    TC confirmed they are in the process of looking to add a vet DT

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I’m sure we will maybe 2 or 3. The question is are we adding camp bodies so Kuhn and Hendricks aren’t playing 70 snaps or vets that can actually make an impact.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Every year you are going to lose a handful of player for the year. So far we have avoided any core players going down. That’s probably the best we can hope for. Players like Canty, Boley and TT should return this year even if they miss a few games. As we learned last year it’s about avoiding injuries to the core. We have been fortunate safe for safety in 2009 that the areas hit hard by injuries were areas we are deep at.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    Okay, so the bottom line certainly appears to be that no matter who the team signs now, we have been weakened against the run by these injuries at DT. Even if Austin’s back is fine, you can bet that three young and inexperienced players (Austin, Hendricks and Kuhn) who have to learn how to play a very complex position that requires identifying immediately where blockers are coming from and find a way to fill a gap or get into the backfield and disrupt a play will make plenty of mistakes that can be exploited by opposing offenses. And a DT acquired now with experience is not going to be anything beyond “average”, if that. Just maybe Tommie Harris would be an exception if he has regained his desire to play not very long after losing his wife, but I suspect he’s a long shot to get signed.

    What does that mean?

    As I’ve said, I think it almost assures us that until Canty is back Tuck will have to take some snaps at DT, something I suspect they were hoping to avoid this season except when in the NASCAR set.

    I think it gives Chase Blackburn a substantial plus in his competition with Herzlich for the starting MIKE position (although I think Herzlich will eventually displace him and will see a minority of snaps even early in the season).

    I think it almost guarantees Will Hill a place on the roster since he is the kind of safety who has always been excellent in run support and might allow Fewell to keep Rolle back almost as frequently as he had planned.

    I think that in the competition for the last roster spots among the defensive backs it gives a big advantage to the bigger guys who can help in run support. That hurts Tryon and Bing and helps the others.

    And I think it may mean that Hixon opens as the #3 wide receiver because Coughlin will tell Gilbride that they may have to do more scoring since opponents may be able to both score a bit more and squeeze the clock so the Giants need some big plays and cannot afford lots of mistakes that end drives. That would favor the reliable Hixon over Randle and Jernigan and Barden, each of whom might be more likely to runan incorrect route or drop a pass at an inopportune time.

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