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Sunday, August 2, 2009
Bernard's injury surprises Giants

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

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The fact that defensive tackle Fred Robbins and linebacker Michael Boley are starting training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list shouldn't catch anyone by surprise. But Rocky Bernard's listing on the non-football injury list caught everyone by surprise.

According to Tom Coughlin on Sunday, Bernard finished up the club's offseason program with a banged up shoulder and hamstring. Most people thought, though, that Bernard would be ready to go at the start of camp. Apparently it's the hamstring that is keeping Bernard off the field early in camp.

"The surprise is Bernard," Coughlin said Sunday in his state-of-the-team address. "I didn't expect this. He left [after the offseason program] with a hamstring [injury] and a shoulder (injury). The shoulder seems to be feeling okay, but he does have an issue with his hamstring."

Not a good sign that two key players from free agency, Boley and Bernard, will both miss time during training camp. We already knew Boley would miss camp because of hip surgery. Without those players, defensive tackle Chris Canty and Barry Cofield should get a lot of reps in practice. And at linebacker, expect Bryan Kehl, Chase Blackburn and Gerris Wilkinson to see even more work than usual. It's imperative that Wilkinson stays healthy throughout training camp. He has always been a talented player, but the Giants are going to lose patience with him at some point. And that time may be sooner rather than later.

By the way, the "non-football" injury status means that Bernard suffered an injury while not under supervision of team officials.