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New York Giants’ John Jerry Undergoes Knee Surgery; Mario Manningham, Will Beatty Out Until Fall

May 29th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

After two straight days of praising the New York Giants for their sudden burst of health — uh oh, maybe we jinxed them — head coach Tom Coughlin admitted on Thursday that not everything is puppy dogs and rainbows. Sure, quarterback Eli Manning, running back David Wilson, guard Chris Snee and safety Stevie Brown may all be practicing without limitation, but there's been one clear absence over the first two days: offensive lineman John Jerry.

Early speculation was that Jerry might be held out as he awaits mental clearance from the NFL (see: Giants’ John Jerry Won’t Face Suspension; Will Need Mental Evaluation to Play in 2014), but Coughlin revealed on Thursday that he's actually sitting out after undergoing knee surgery and is expected to miss the entirety of the offseason program.

"John Jerry is here, but he has a knee [injury]. He comes out and it swells, so they are holding him inside," Coughlin said. "He had a little procedure, a scope, so he won't work this Spring. But he's here."

Unfortunately, Jerry isn't the only player expected to sit out for the duration of the offseason program, as Coughlin also announced that wide receiver Mario Manningham, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and left tackle Will Beatty, who is recovering from a broken leg, will be out until at least training camp and perhaps beyond.

"Supposedly they'll be ready for Fall," Coughlin said. "According to the Doctors, that's what they want."

Although Jerry should be ready by the start of the regular season, there's a realistic possibility that both Manningham and Beatty get placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

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Tags: Chris Snee, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, John Jerry, Mario Manningham, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Stevie Brown, Tom Coughlin, Will Beatty

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8 Responses to “New York Giants’ John Jerry Undergoes Knee Surgery; Mario Manningham, Will Beatty Out Until Fall”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t see Beatty being placed on PUP more than a few days in training camp if that. If that was really the thinking I don;t believe there’s anyway we line up Brewer as our first team LT. Maybe Brewer has improved a lot but he was really bad in the preseason last year at LT. If there becomes a question about Beatty’s healthy down the road then we have to start getting Pugh some LT snaps and let a guy that’s a real option at RT get some RT snaps.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Well, I think Brewer’s a bum, but it’s very curious that he started with the first team at LT. As I said a few threads ago, it would be pretty funny (and great) if it turns out that Reese was right about him all along (“He has the size and quick feet and reach that could make him a good tackle”) and all of us were dead wrong.

      If Beatty can’t go until September then there’s no way he’s getting the starting job back unless we cannot find another solution during camp. It would seem logical to shift Pugh over there for a trial but, as Krow has said frequently, does it really make sense to take a kid who looks like he could lock down the RT position for a decade and move him? I think the answer to that depends upon what they think they might have in Brewer, Mosley, Brown and Kropog. Once Beatty is healthy I presume he’ll be allowed to compete for the LT spot but if things are going well they won’t want a change. Frankly, I’m glad they’ll have to try others over there because even if Beatty winds up at left tackle by Week 2-3 it would be nice to know there’s a Plan B if he reproduces the horror show he put on last season.

      This could all get very interesting.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    This news about Super Mario ought to have Kris Adams and Julien Talley doing a little dance out on the practice field. Their chances of making the final roster just went up dramatically. Behind Cruz, Randle, Beckham and Jernigan there’s going to have to be at least one more guy who may or may not stick once Manningham returns but WILL be in uniform on opening day.

  3.  Fran2Eli says:

    What’s bad about the Jerry situation is that although he is respectable as a pass blocker his technique and lack of initial pop when asked to open up holes were two areas we were all hoping that Flaherty would have time to work with him on. Hopefully Pat can make progress with him despite the injury.

  4.  BBWC says:

    Evidently Jermichael Finley has been cleared by doctor.

    So far, Finley visited with the Seahawks in March and the Packers reportedly have some interest in a reunion. Finley’s agent said a third team has contacted Finley and the 27-year-old will visit that team tomorrow.

    Who’s the third team?

    •  BBWC says:

      Finley knows the offense and could serve as a mentor to Robinson, Larry Donnell and Xavier Grimble. McAdoo doesn’t currently have a former Packer in house to relay the new terminology.

  5.  Michael Cervellino says:

    Even though it is very early with the first OTA, after all the really positive moves this off season, I;m not sure I’m looking to go to war with James Brewer at LT and J.D. Walton at C. With Brewer, is it the philosophy that we take our least effective lineman from last year and put him at the most integral position on the line? Most of the offseason offensive line acquisitions other than Schwartz were guys who were mediocre at best and not valued by their previous organizations. As always, we have accumulated bodies, but not sure how many can actually play. I think Schwartz and Pugh are set, but beyond that not sure how it shakes out. Your starting LT may not be on this team yet. And classic Coughlin speak on Jerry “He’s out and not working this spring, but he;s here.” That’s comforting. The man is a real wordsmith lol. You get a decent OL out there, and this team is a tough out.

    •  Fran2Eli says:

      Brewer scares the bejesus out of me, and I don’t see us not finding another alternative at LT. Walton is young and if he is as healthy as reported he may show us why our brain trust laid out starter range money for him. Which I’m sure they wouldn’t have done if they didn’t have solid proof of his ankle being 100%. My only concern is LT but I’ll wait to see how they solve it. Maybe we get solid RT play out of on of our depth guys to move Pugh for a while?

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