Boss and Boothe To Undergo Surgery; Team Injury Update: We are not even out of May yet and it appears the injury bug is already stinging the Giants again. The team revealed yesterday that TE Kevin Boss (right ankle) and OG/OC Kevin Boothe (pectoral muscle) are scheduled to undergo surgery early next week.
The Giants said Boss will undergo arthroscopic surgery and that the recovery time is expected to be 4-6 weeks. Boss originally injured the ankle in week four of the 2009 season. Boss had hoped to avoid offseason surgery but he aggravated the ankle injury earlier this week during an OTA practice. “I was maybe a little too optimistic thinking I could get through another season,” Boss said. “We did a few things to try to help alleviate some of the pain and it didn’t help as much as I was hoping. So we’re just going to go in and clean it out. I’ll be more than ready for training camp.”
Boothe tore his pectoral muscle earlier this week while working out. He is expected to miss approximately four months, including all of training camp.
A number of other Giants have been sidelined during the Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices as they continue to rehabilitate from injuries suffered last year. The players include: S Kenny Phillips (knee), HB Ahmad Bradshaw (both feet, one ankle), WR Hakeem Nicks (wrist, toe), and DT Rocky Bernard (shoulder). The Giants say Bradshaw and Nicks are expected to return to the practice field within the next two weeks.
“The goal is for (me to return by) training camp,” Phillips said. “We’re just going to take our time. There’s no reason to rush it. I feel good, I feel proud of my progress so far. I could probably go out there right now but it’s more realistic for me to wait until training camp…I’m running full-speed straight ahead, and doing some cutting. I have no swelling, no pain at all, no anything. I really can’t wait to get out there and start playing with these guys, and contributing to the team.”
The good news is that the following players – all of whom were injured last year – did practice: HB Brandon Jacobs (knee), HB Andre Brown (Achilles), FB Madison Hedgecock (shoulder), WR Mario Manningham (shoulder), OC Shaun O’Hara (elbow), LG Rich Seubert (shoulder), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DT Jay Alford (knee), and LB Gerris Wilkinson (wrist).
Giants and Steve Smith Talking Contract: WR Steve Smith yesterday revealed that his agent and the Giants are in discussions regarding a long-term contract extension for Smith. Smith is currently under contract through the 2010 season.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at Giants.com. The video of the press conference is also available.
Media Q&As from Friday’s OTA Practice: Media Q&A’s with the following players from the Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice on Friday are available at Giants.com:
- QB Eli Manning (Video)
- HB Brandon Jacobs (Video)
- HB Ahmad Bradshaw (Video)
- HB Andre Brown (Video)
- TE Kevin Boss (Video)
- H-Back Travis Beckum (Video)
- DE Justin Tuck (Video)
- LB Jonathan Goff (Video)
- S Kenny Phillips (Video)
Friday OTA Reports: The following are some brief media reports from Friday’s OTA practice:
Article on Kevin Boss and the Other Tight Ends: Status Change by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
Articles on DT Barry Cofield:
- Cofield Hopes Big Year Leads To Huge Deal by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
- Giants’ Barry Cofield Grasping The ‘Business’ Side Of The NFL After Near-Trade by Michael Garafolo of The Star-Ledger
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