Like teammate Andre Brown, New York Giants guard Chris Snee left Sunday's 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns a little early. Unlike Brown, it wasn't a concussion that forced Snee to the sidelines, it was a hip issue that had been bothering him since the Philadelphia Eagles game in week four. A hip issue that has now been revealed to be a partially torn labrum.
"I was in pain on Sunday night in Philly, but I felt relatively good [Sunday]," Snee said. "I came out because I am a seasoned veteran. At that point in the game I made it through and didn't injure myself anymore."
Snee had been questionable going into Sunday's game and earlier in the week, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride had revealed that Mitch Petrus would have gotten the start in the event Snee couldn't play. But after listing seven other injured players as inactive, Snee really had no other alternative but to play.
A partially torn hip labrum is a very painful injury, but Snee expects to play through it.
The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York says physical therapy and anti-inflmatory medicine is often prescribed to manage the condition, but if an athlete continues to experience pain, surgery may be inevitable. The surgical procedure, although it takes only an hour, would leave a player on crutches for two-to-six weeks, and the total recovery time is somewhere between two and six months.
Ultimately, Snee may be forced to play through the pain for the remainder of the season, and undergo surgery at the end of the year if necessary.
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