October 21, 2010 New York Giants Injury Report – Kiwanuka Has Herniated Disc; Boothe Returns to Practice: Only three Giants missed practice yesterday: OT Will Beatty (foot), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), and DE Mathias Kiwanuka (neck).
Kiwanuka revealed to the press yesterday that the issue with his neck is not a bulging cervical disc as had been first reported, but a herniated cervical disc. Herniated discs are more serious as it means the disc has ruptured.
“The difference between a bulge and a herniation is slight, but being that it is a herniation it is something that’s a little more severe,” Kiwanuka said. “There are other things that go along with it, as far as how my body’s made up that make it different than other people’s would be. It’s just a matter of waiting. They’re very optimistic it’ll heal on its own but it’s just going to take time.”
“They said everybody’s body is different,” continued Kiwanuka. “We’ll recheck it again in a couple of weeks. I’ve been pushing them to check it and check it over and over again. They’ve been doing that at my request, but realistically is it going to change in a few days or a few weeks? No.”
“I don’t think anything has changed (with Kiwanuka),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “I don’t have anything at this point to tell you other than he traveled to L.A. (to see another doctor) and he came back and from the information that I get, there isn’t a lot of change.”
FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) and PK Lawrence Tynes (ankle) were limited in practice.
OL Kevin Boothe, who has been out since before training camp with a torn pectoral muscle, returned to practice yesterday. Despite practicing, Boothe is still technically on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List. The Giants now have three weeks to decide whether to move him to the 53-man roster, place him on Injured Reserve, or waive him.
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