Leaner Canty ready to return next week

October, 9, 2012
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Chris Canty has lost 10 to 15 pounds.

His body and legs are as fresh as they've ever been. And, most important, his surgically repaired knee is feeling much better than it did last season or even at the start of this season.

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Canty has been on the physically unable-to-perform list but has been working to get back. Canty and tight end Travis Beckum are eligible to begin practicing next Monday and could be activated for the Giants' Week 7 game against Washington. The Giants will have to make a roster move for each player if they activate Canty and Beckum for a game.

Canty says he definitely will practice next week.

"The knee does feel better than if I had been activated at the start of the season," Canty said. "At the start of the season, my knee was significantly better than it was during the regular season and playoffs, and now it is even better than that. I lost a little weight, leaned out a little bit. I am excited to see what I can do out there."

The Giants can use the 6-7 Canty. The defensive line has not been as effective as it is used to being. Sacks have been hard to come by and opposing running backs have had success running against the Giants.

"I feel like what I bring to the table for our defensive line, that will bode well," Canty said. "It is kind of like when you have all your pieces in place, something about the chemistry of it, understanding how each one of us works together. We got used to it last year.

"We had to make some adjustments on the fly because you don’t have certain guys available," Canty added. "Hopefully, when I come back we can kind of get things back to the way they used to be around here."

Canty admits he was extremely frustrated when the Giants placed him on the PUP list to start the season. But he has helped younger defensive tackles like Markus Kuhn and Marvin Austin while working to get back stronger.

"Shifting my attention to something that is productive, which is working," Canty said of overcoming his frustration of being on the PUP list. "Being frustrated is not productive -- working is. You work hard enough you eventually get the results that you want."

Canty, though, wishes he was eligible to play this week against San Francisco instead of next weekend.

He hopes to play against Washington but the decision will not be up to him.

"We'll find out," Canty said of playing against the Redskins. "I can't make any promises. I can't make any guarantees. All I can say is I feel great and look forward to getting back on the practice field."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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