Giants Starting 2010 With Key InjuriesThere is a new attitude on defense and optimism on offense and a collective mantra to put the bad taste of 2009 behind them.
But the Giants still cannot escape the injury cloud that has been following them around for what now seems like an eternity. They stole a Super Bowl three seasons ago and now it is feared the football gods are making them pay for it....
For the second straight week, the Giants lost a player to a devastating injury. Last week, WR Domenik Hixon blew out his knee on the virgin turf of the New Meadowlands Stadium. This week, rookie safety Chad Jones nearly lost his leg in a one-vehicle auto accident.
These two injuries, which could have been avoided for different reasons, will resonate through the team's mind all season. Hixon's injury has the entire team questioning the integrity and safety of the new stadium's playing surface. Jones' situation just has them thinking....
Hixon was as valuable as any player on the Giants' roster. He did multiple, specialized jobs well and gave 110% at all times. Jones was the edge the Giants had been searching for in their defensive backfield- a fierce hitter to give opposing receivers something to think about as they traveled through the Giants' secondary.
Now, suddenly, both are gone.
They will probably be joined by the versatile OL Kevin Boothe (torn pectoral) on the year-ending injury list du jour. Add in some injury holdovers from 2009 (Ahmad Bradshaw, Kevin Boss and Kenny Phillips) and the Giants are starting off camp with one wheel in the sand again.
Recovering Jones Embraced By TeamOne day after a horrific car wreck nearly cost him his left leg, S Chad Jones was visited by Giants' Director of Player Development, Charles Way, at the LSU Trauma Center in Baton Rouge.
GM Jerry Reese, head coach Tom Coughlin and team doctors also spoke with Jones by phone. It appears the Giants plan to stand by the young Jones throughout his ordeal and recovery. Was there any doubt..?
Jones' prognosis is better than originally thought and a 2011 return is not out of the question. The Giants may not try to void Jones' entire contract, just withhold his 2010 salary, which is within their right. He gets to keep his $825k signing bonus, by the way.
More on Chad from the Baton Rouge Advocate:
"Chad is doing fine,” Al Jones, Chad’s father, said Saturday in a text message.
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, who used Chad Jones as a key relief pitcher on the 2009 national championship team, said the 21-year-old was in high spirits when he spoke with him Saturday over the phone.
“He’s certainly got a long road to recovery ahead of him. But you know, Chad is a phenomenal athlete, a big, strong kid and a great competitor. If anybody can overcome this, it would be him,” Mainieri said.
NFL Finalizes 2010-2011 CalendarThe NFL will host its annual Rookie Symposium starting today in Carlsbad, California.
Other important dates of note:
August 31 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.
September 4 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
October 19 -- Trading Deadline.
September 9-13 -- Kickoff 2010 Weekend.
January 2 -- Regular season ends.
January 8-9 -- Wild Card Playoffs.
January 15-16 -- Divisional Playoffs.
January 23 -- Conference Championships.
January 30 -- AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, HI (ESPN).
February 6 -- Super Bowl XLV, North Texas (FOX).