As time slowly ticks away and the regular season draws nearer and nearer, the New York Giants are approaching a critical point when it comes to players who remain on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. They'll soon be forced to make a decision on whether or not they're activated from the list or if they'll miss the first six weeks of the season. And, at least in the case of fullback Henry Hynoski, it's beginning to look like he might be ready after all.
"Hynoski has been working very well," head coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday. "[The Doctors are] pleased with his work and he was the only one mentioned from the PUP group this morning by the doctors. I didn’t ask specifically about Markus or Jason."
The words "hope" and "optimism" have been used repeatedly as it relates to Hynoski and that hasn't wavered. Of course, the phrase "sure thing" hasn't been muttered once, and there's still a possibility that the fullback won't be ready by week one. However, things remain encouraging and even Hynoski said a week ago that there have been absolutely no setbacks.
"It’s been going great," he said. "I’ve been out here running and started to do some drills and agility work and that stuff so we’re picking up the progress every day, and I’m just excited for the next step and am just looking forward to what tomorrow brings. I feel good. Haven’t had any setbacks, out here watching practice and I’m in the film room and still learning, even though I’m not practicing. I’m working my butt off in trying to rehab and trying to maintain the best condition as I can so when I get back I don’t have to play catch up as far as that’s concerned. I’m lifting just about every day, I’m in good shape, and just have to keep advancing and make the strides I’ve been making all along with therapy."
Hynoski originally suffered his MCL injury on the very first day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), and the Giants have taken looks at multiple fullbacks since then, including Vonta Leach who recently re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens. But, for the moment, they plan to move forward with tight end Bear Pascoe filling that role and Ben Guidugli backing him up.
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