Chris Snee facing hip surgery
Snee's placement on IR allowed a roster spot to open for linebacker Jon Beason, who passed his physical and is the newest Giant. The Giants acquired him from Carolina. Snee said he will likely undergo surgery. His career could be in jeopardy.
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"At this point likely not [playing again this year]. Make a decision on that soon," Snee said Friday. "I prided myself on playing through things and just can't."
Snee had offseason surgery on his left hip. He had a torn labrum and bone chips but it's the right hip that's flaring up this time. Sources said earlier in the week that the Giants (0-4) wanted to see if Snee could improve and play through the injury, like he did last year, and possibly avoid surgery. The veteran said he will meet with Dr. Bryan Kelly on Saturday and evaluate how to proceed.
"I've been feeling it for some time now," Snee said. "I've always been able to play through things but clearly couldn't. Best thing is for me to watch my team play and try to get my hip right."
Snee, 31, has been one of the team's most consistent players since being drafted in the second round of the 2004 draft. A team captain and the son-in-law of coach Tom Coughlin, he's won two Super Bowls with the organization.His absence in last Sunday's game against Kansas City marked just the second game he's missed since his rookie season. He played in every game from 2005-2010 and is a four-time Pro Bowl player, including last season.
"I've always been a guy that by Friday I can suit up and play. Secretly hoping I'd wake up and things would feel different and I'd respond to the treatment, the medicine, and it just didn't happen," Snee said. "It's frustrating, just a new situation for me.
"I had to be honest with everyone because it got to the point where I was doing no good."
With Snee out, the Giants likely will turn to veteran David Diehl at right guard for the rest of the year. Diehl will make his season debut Sunday against the Eagles after missing the first four games following thumb surgery. James Brewer can also play right guard if needed. The Giants will be using their fourth different offensive line combination this season on Sunday.
Snee has one year left on the six-year, $43.5-million contract extension he signed in 2008, and he restructured it earlier this year.
The Giants could face a tough call with Snee's future, but retirement could be also an option for the 10-year veteran. He acknowledged last offseason that he thought about retirement due to the injury, but returned for this season.
"That's not something I'm thinking about right now," Snee said about the injury being potentially career-threatening. "I'm trying to get over the frustration of this and deal with surgery and deal with rehab. Think about that later."
The Giants will also be without starting center David Baas (neck), starting defensive tackle Linval Joseph (ankle/knee), cornerback Aaron Ross (back), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) against the Eagles (1-3). Baas will miss his second straight game. Starting corner Corey Webster (groin) is doubtful, while starting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (knee/Achilles) and wide receiver Louis Murphy Jr. (ankle) are both questionable.
If Webster can't go, the Giants will be down three cornerbacks and have just three available corners in Prince Amukamara, Trumaine McBride and Terrell Thomas. Coughlin said Friday that a player could be brought up from the practice squad. Corner Charles James is an option.
The Giants are likely not done with roster moves this weekend as they have to create an opening for safety Will Hill, who is eligible to return after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. The Giants have until Saturday afternoon to activate him for Sunday's game.
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