EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Safety Tyler Sash says his injured ankle is due to bone spurs from a condition he had while at Iowa.
"Just got like some bone spurs and it locked up on me," Sash said of his injury during Sunday's practice. "I had it once or twice in college and I played like three to four days later, so I'm trying to play on Wednesday. It's just something I have to work through and loosen it back up."
SashSash was using a protective walking boot on his ankle but he still hopes to play against New England in the final preseason game. It likely will be Sash's last chance to play football until Oct. 7 against Cleveland. That is when Sash is eligible to play again if he has to serve his four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Sash was scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday afternoon in hopes of getting some explanation or closure to his suspension and possibly even a reduction of his punishment.
"I'm just going in there open-minded and anything that comes of it is meant to be," Sash said. "If I get four games, it's a lesson learned. If it gets reduced, it gets reduced. If it gets taken away, it gets taken away. But I'm going in there expecting right now, as everyone knows, I still have four games."
Sash was suspended for using Adderall, even though he argues he took it under a doctor's supervision to help combat anxiety about doing public speaking during the offseason. He figures sitting down with the commissioner can't hurt.
Running back Andre Brown was initially suspended for using Adderall for four games, but he appealed and won after saying there was a paperwork mix-up since he needed Adderall for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Sash lost his appeal.
"He didn't have to accept to see me," Sash said of Goodell. "Since he did accept to see me, you never know. Maybe he'll reduce it or take it away or I might still have the four games."
"I just want more of an explanation," he continued. "There's been some cases that I know of that people have gotten off [without punished] with the same exact thing as me. So I just want to know why mine is different than some other people's. Being a rookie and not having the symposium [last year due to the lockout], I didn't even know the rule at the time. I figured I got it from a doctor at home, it was a prescription. I never even thought anything of it."
In the meantime, Sash has to make preparations for where he will train during his suspension since he will not be allowed to be around the team. The Giants will likely place Sash on the reserve/suspended list.
Sash still tried to show the Giants something on every snap he got in practice and games this preseason.
"Nothing in this league is guaranteed," Sash said. "Guys realized that today with roster cuts. I think each and every time you're out there you try to make the best of every situation. I look at it [like] Peyton Manning got cut by the Colts. If Peyton Manning gets cut, nobody in the NFL is safe. Maybe Eli [Manning], but everybody else, it's a business."