New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski is still recovering from the surgery he had in May on his left knee. And with 25 days left before the Giants' regular-season opener in Dallas, it's still too soon for Hynoski or the Giants to know whether he'll be available for that game.
"I'm looking forward to getting back out on the field as soon as possible and playing some football," Hynoski told reporters at Giants practice Wednesday. "Like I said, I’m going to do everything in my power, I’m very diligent in everything I do to get back on the field at the earliest convenience. Whenever that is, whenever that may be, I’ll be ready and conditioned, ready to go."
Whenever that is. Could be Week 1. Could be much later. Mystery has surrounded the timetable for Hynoski's recovery since the injury occurred, and to this point there's no way to predict how many games, if any, he'll be able to play for the Giants in 2013.
Hynoski's injury remains a significant, if overlooked, one for the Giants for the following reasons:
1. They have not replaced him.
2. They have tried to replace him, expressing interest in free-agent fullback Vonta Leach before Leach signed with Baltimore a few weeks ago. They also brought Ryan D'Imperio to camp after losing out on Leach, and D'Imperio retired this week. So they're still thin at fullback.
3. They are placing the running game in the relatively inexperienced hands of David Wilson and Andre Brown, both of whom would benefit from the best possible blocking in front of them. And no offense to Bear Pascoe, but Hynoski's by far the best on the Giants' roster (and one of the best in the league) at opening holes for the halfbacks.
Continue to monitor Hynoski's progress throughout the preseason, as his absence or presence could be a key factor for the Giants' offense this year.