When defensive tackle Linval Joseph woke up on Wednesday morning, he noticed some swelling in his knee. So as opposed to practicing, New York Giants doctors had him rehab at team facilities, but that only made the swelling worse. Accordingly, Joseph was held out of practice and expected to return on Thursday. Unfortunately, that didn't happen as the East Carolina product sat out again.
"It's nothing serious. It's just a little swollen," Joseph said on Wednesday. "I guess when your knee gets swollen it's not realty moving so I just have to get the swelling out of it."
After missing his second consecutive practice, Joseph expressed certainty that he would play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, but he had also been certain he'd practice on Thanksgiving. With practices swapped due to the holiday -meaning they would work longer on Friday- Joseph's status may be determined by his participation this afternoon. If his knee isn't ready to go and he missed his third straight practice, odds are he'll be held out on Sunday.
With Markus Kuhn now out for the season with a torn ACL, the Giants are becoming quite thin at the defensive tackle position. In the event that Joseph, who has arguably been their best and most consistent DT this season, misses the game on Sunday, Big Blue will carry only three defensive tackles: Rocky Bernard, Chris Canty and Marvin Austin.
In his third season, Joseph has made 31 tackles, four sacks and forced a fumble. But the statistics don't fully support how well he's played this year.
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