ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Veteran defensive tackle Chris Canty doesn’t how when doctors will allow him to take part in training camp with the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Canty had offseason surgery to clean out a knee, but doctors have not given him the OK to play. He had said at minicamp in June that he expected to be ready for camp at the University at Albany.
“It’s tough anytime you can’t go out there and be out there with your teammates,” Cant said at lunch Saturday. “I’m here, but at the same time it’s kind of like I’m not able to go out on the field and work with the guys, kind of establish that rapport and let that relationship of working together get a chance to gel with the guys and that kind of thing. I’m disappointed I’m not going to have that opportunity right now in camp. This is the first time I haven’t started a camp on time in my pro career. It’s disappointing.”
The eight-year veteran, who is currently on the physically unable to perform list, hopes to be ready for the season opener against Dallas on Sept. 5.
General manager Jerry Reese said receiver Hakeem Nicks, who also is on PUP with a broken foot, is right on the schedule that the training staff set. He did not say when he would be ready to practice.
ANXIOUS MOMENTS: There was one very anxious moment at practice on Saturday when All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul went down on an 11-on-11 drill.
Pierre-Paul limped off and was examined by Dr. Russell Warren, the team’s orthopedic surgeon, and head trainer Ronnie Barnes.
Pierre-Paul, who had 16½ sacks last season, returned to practice five minutes later.
Second-year defensive end Justin Trattou sprained his left ankle later in the workout and did not return.
Rain forced the Giants to use the university’s lacrosse field for practice on Saturday. The field has an artificial surface.
EXTRA POINTS: Starting CB Terrell Thomas, who missed most of the opening practice on Friday after his back tightened, returned to practice on Saturday. … Second-year RB Da’Rel Scott missed practice Saturday after spraining his ankle the day before. … Victor Cruz continues to provide most of the practice highlights. He reached back to make a one-handed catch early in the workout and ran down a long pass minutes later. … Second-year WR Jerrel Jernigan ran by veteran CB Corey Webster to catch a long pass. Jernigan and fourth-year receiver Ramses Barden have both looked good in the opening two days of practice. … A crowd of 5,110 showed up for practice on Saturday, many to take part in Autograph Day. Players stay on the field after the workout for autographs.