Henry Hynoski will have surgery Friday to repair a knee injury he suffered during Wednesday's OTA, but he hopes to be back for the regular-season opener.
The Giants said an MRI revealed an injury to Hynoski's MCL and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau. Fortunately he did not suffer a season-ending injury, and the fullback hopes to be ready on Sept. 8 at Dallas.
“I am going to set my mind to being ready for the first game of the regular season,” Hynoski said, in a statement released by the team. “They said that is not an unrealistic goal, and I will do everything in my power to be ready for the start of the season.”
The Giants may be able to get by through training camp with tight end Bear Pascoe playing some fullback. The team also could sign a fullback to play until Hynoski is ready.
The 6-1, 266-pound Hynoski has become an integral part of the Giants' running game. Both Hynoski and Pascoe are key pieces because of their blocking.
To give you an idea of how much the coaching staff thinks of Hynoski, coach Tom Coughlin said he was praying that Hynoski would be OK after the fullback went down on Wednesday.
Tight end Brandon Myers may be called on to do more blocking as well in the meantime. The good news is Hynoski didn't suffer a more devastating injury.