Giants’ Reese: Mathias Kiwanuka Cleared To Return

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Giants general manager Jerry Reese made an abrupt reversal this weekend after telling reporters that Mathias Kiwanuka, coming off a serious neck injury last season, isn’t “out of the woods yet.”

“He’s got to make a decision: Do I want to play?” Reese said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s got to make that decision himself. There’s some risk probably involved. There’s risk, period, but when you have a neck injury you have to be careful.”

Soon afterward, Reese admitted in a statement that Kiwanuka is “fully committed to returning to football.”

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“After I spoke to the media this morning at the combine, I had a conversation with Ronnie Barnes, who confirmed for me that last night we did receive the final written evaluation that gives Mathias medical clearance to return to the field,” Reese said. “The consensus of all of the spine physicians and Dr. (Russ) Warren is that it is safe for Mathias to return to play.”

The Giants placed the five-year veteran on injured reserve last season with a herniated cervical disk after waiting more than a month to see if rest would fix his neck.

With his contract up, it’s unknown whether the Giants are willing to re-sign a player with a neck problem.

“It’s painful for us to go this route with Kiwi, but we’ve exhausted all of our options,” Reese said last October. “What’s most important is for him to get healthy. We’re praying and hopeful that by next fall he will be back at 100 percent and playing for the New York Giants.”

Kiwanuka was having an outstanding season, with four sacks in the first three games, before being diagnosed with the cervical disk problem.

This was the second major injury for Kiwanuka, the Giants’ first-round draft pick in 2006. He broke his left leg in November 2007, the season the Giants beat New England to win the Super Bowl.

Should the Giants give oft-injured Kiwanuka a chance? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

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  • Robert Sinatra

    I think that the Giants should structure a contract giving Kiwanuka a salary based upon his talent level and even if they were inclined to guarantee a contract, exclude injuries to his neck in that guarantee. This would be a win win approach to conflict resolution and increase the chance that he stays and put up big numbers given the Giants defensive line. Such a structured deal may keep him in NY and given his production prior to his injury, some other team may take a chance with him

  • Tony D'Alessio

    He hasn’t let us down….why let him down? He’s a team leader with plenty of good football left in him, he deserves the chance to show his stuff. Don’t let someone else scoop him up when we already know what he can do.

  • ralph constanzo

    he can become the leader we need on that defense, but he has to be 100% health first, im sure they will make the right decision.

  • Lone Wizard

    What is the sense of drafting high round DE’s if you are going to let them go? Sign him and Cofield and start working on the offensive line or LBers.

  • 27Reasons

    KiWi is a class act; he’s not going anywhere.

  • Ron Kerzner

    It’s a no brainer give him the money

  • Ron Kerzner

    Resign him it’s a no brainer

  • aronmantoo

    No brainer resign him

  • KPMc

    Resign and re-sign are two totally different words.

  • Tony Famular

    Tony F

    We will be better with him than without him.

  • ed perlberg

    resign Kiwi

  • Alex C.

    They should resign him… Just keep the guaranteed money to a minimum.

  • Herb Mitchell

    Herb M
    I think the giants should resign him

  • b edwards

    Last you he was the best the Gints had & he is smart & a team guy who can play both TE and LLB, ah sign him plzzzzzzzzzz

  • Roger

    they need a linebacker if he can play they just got a good one

  • Mike

    Agree with Bill and John B – this is an open book test; if we are willing to bring back Coach Quinn and Dodge, this is a no-brainer.

  • Bill

    Not even a question. Of course you give him another chance.

  • JohnB

    If there’s even a small chance Kiwi can return as the player he was before getting hurt, the Giants should resign him.

    • Omar Koroma

      @Jerry reese y’all know kiwi’s calibre and knowledge of the game, thats why you guys drafted him in thec first place, so if he has a medical clearance to come back to the field, whats the hold up, he knows the system and the personnel so well, why do you guys wanna go a different route?

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