New York Giants struggle at depth, Shaun Roger dealing with blood clot

8/15/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Another big man on the New York Giants’ defensive line goes down.
The New York Giants confirmed that defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was heading to the Hospital for Special Surgery at New York for treatment by orthopedic surgeon Russell Warren and vascular surgeon John Karwowaki for a blood clot in his left leg.
The 12-year NFL veteran, whom the New York Giants signed in April, had been taking snaps with the first-team defense during training camp. But at Friday’s preseason opener, Shaun Rogers started developing swelling in the lower regions of his leg. Shaun Rogers was sidelined through the New York Giants’ practice on Sunday and Monday. Team doctors gave an initial diagnosis for Shaun Roger’s leg issues.
The 33-year-old Shaun Rogers had for starts with the New Orleans Saints during a total of 16 game appearances last season. Shaun Rogers amassed 14 tackles but turned up no sacks. Before joining the New Orleans Saints, Shaun Rogers played seven seasons with the Detroit Lions and three seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin observed that it was “just a sad thing” for the Shaun Rogers, who had cut 50 pounds to make a spot on the roster.
Although there are no initial prognosis to Shaun Rogers’ injury, it is safe to assume the three-time Pro Bowler will miss a couple of months considering Stacey Andrews was out for a similar amount of time following a blood clot situation last season.
With Shaun Rogers also indefinitely available along with defensive end Chris Canty, who is still on the physically-unable-to-perform list following a knee surgery in the offseason, the New York Giants are at a dearth in the depth. Chris Canty started every game for the New York Giants last season.
However, Chris Canty was hopeful for an early return, adding that although it had been a “long process,” he believed they adopted the “right approach,” by laying-off the stress too early on his knee.
“It’s important for me to do everything that I can do physically,” said Chris Canty, “to make sure that when I do get the clearance to step out there on the field, I’m ready to go.”
Adding to the New York Giants’ problems, the team revealed that three of its’ key defensive tackles are experiencing health problems following the training camp.
Marvin Austin, who had to sit out the rookie season after tearing a pectoral muscle, is heading to Manhattan for a medical exam following unspecified back issues.
Martin Parker will be undergoing surgery for a herniated disk. The backup defensive tackle sat out a majority of last season following foot issues.
Meanwhile Justin Trattou’s is still scheduled to be sidelined for a couple of weeks after he was examined by specialist Dr. David Levine. Justin Trattou was reporting ankle and heel issues in the early stages of training camp at Albany.
Starter Linval Joseph is on a fast-track to recovery after undergoing ankle and foot surgery for the injuries arising from last season.
Dwayne Hendricks and rookie Markus Kuhn could come under consideration to play the position after an impressive performance during training camp and the offseason.
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