On Wednesday afternoon, we discussed New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and his attempts to return fully healthy for the 2014 season. Pierre-Paul missed the final five games of 2013, but the Giants never put him on injured reserve because (a) he held out hope he could return, (b) they didn't need the roster spot and (c) they were so tight to the salary cap by season's end that they really couldn't afford to add anyone anyway. Same holds true for wide receiver Victor Cruz, who missed the final two games with a knee injury.
Obviously, healthy 2014 returns for both Pierre-Paul and Cruz are vital for the Giants. When those two are healthy, you could argue that they're the team's best players on their respective sides of the ball. But here's a quick look at a few other guys who did end the season on injured reserve and their outlook for 2014 with the Giants:
C David Baas: Strong candidate for either a pay cut or an outright release, though the cap savings are minimal unless they designated him a post-June 1 cut.
S Stevie Brown: Unrestricted free agent who missed 2013 following ACL surgery. Giants want him back and should be able to reach a deal.
C Jim Cordle: Missed final five games with a knee injury. Restricted free agent likely to be retained as a useful, still-promising backup.
DT Shaun Rogers: Hey, did you expect them to bring him back last year? Me neither.
CB Aaron Ross: They need help and depth at cornerback and Ross is obviously a guy they like. But the market is flooded with healthy ones.
G Chris Snee: Surgery on each hip now. He could decide to retire. If he doesn't, they'll need to cut him and bring him back for far less money.
S Cooper Taylor: Rookie had trouble staying healthy. Could be key on special teams if he can come back strong.
CB Corey Webster: Thanks for the memories.
RB David Wilson: Recent neck surgery could have him back on the field in 2014, but there's no way to count on it for sure.