New York Giants' Antrel Rolle is one of two safeties remaining on Big Blue's original 53-man roster that is available to play on Sunday. With Kenny Phillips injured and Will Hill suspended, the Giants are counting on Rolle to man the middle of the field, and perhaps fill in at nickel corner back on Sunday. However, Rolle is still dealing with a laceration on his knee that he suffered three weeks ago after he knocked into a camera man against the Carolina Panthers.
Immediately following the game, Rolle insisted that the injury was not significant. However, as the Giants are preparing for their Week six matchup on the road against the San Francisco 49ers, Rolle is still dealing effects of his knee injury.
"As long as I'm out there with my guys, man, that's what's good enough for me." Rolle said. "With this knee injury, it's going to take some time. It's going to take some time."
Antrel Rolle is one of the most dynamic players on the Giants defense. He has the ability to play as a slot cornerback, as a safety over the top in coverage, or in run support. The Giants need him out on the field this Sunday, especially against Alex Smith and the 49ers offense.
The 49ers are currently averaging over 400 yards of total offense per game in 2012, including 195.8 yards per game on the ground. Needless to say, the Giants are going to have their hands full on Sunday. With that, Antrel Rolle's health will be a major factor in how successful Big Blue is in stopping the 49ers.
"I never thought it would be this crucial." Rolle said. " It's just a lingering process, not anything too serious, but it's something that just lingers around and it kind of sticks with you a little bit, but I'll be fine. And I will be out there again come Sunday."
Antrel Rolle might not be the most talented player on the Giants defense, but he is a key cog in a secondary that has had serious health issues thus far through 2012. Luckily for the Giants, he will be on the field on Sunday. The question is how much his knee injury inhibits his ability to be productive.
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