The New York Giants have been chasing after free agent fullback Vonta Leach for the last month due to the knee injury suffered to starter Henry Hynoski back in May. However, it looks like they might not need Leach's services after all.
Connor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger is reporting that Hynoski is ahead of schedule on his rehab and is still in line to return to the team by Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys on September 8.
Hynoski originally hurt the knee during the Giants first day of OTA's when he banged knees with running back Andre Brown and had to be carted off the field; in which is was later revealed that he needed surgery to repair a lateral plateau fracture in his left knee and would be out until September.
There was some fear surrounding the Giants that Hynoski's knee wasn't progressing well enough in rehab and he could begin the 2013 season on the PUP List, which would sideline him for the first six games of the season, but this latest report is giving a different outlook for Hynoski.
Orr mentioned that with Hynoski's rehab going well to the point where he could begin full weight exercises with the knee in the next couple of weeks, which is another encouraging sign that the Giants may in fact see him at Cowboys Stadium playing against Dallas when the team opens up the season.
On Thursday morning, we at Giants 101 had reported that the Giants were still in the mix for Leach, although the Miami Dolphins remain the front runners to land him as a free agent because they have a ton of cap space left in order to sign the 31-year-old veteran, who was released from the Baltimore Ravens last month.
If Hynoski is in fact ahead of schedule and can return to the Giants just in time for the first game of the regular season, then it will take them out of the chase for Leach, and they can simply use tight end Bear Pascoe as the interim fullback in the meantime during training camp and preseason games.
The 24-year-old Hynoski was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Pittsburgh that the Giants signed before the 2011 season and has been the team' starting fullback for the last two seasons.
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