When training camp starts, a lot of little moves are made. Some of those moves are putting players on the PUP or physically unable to perform list. Adrian Peterson was put on this list this week and today Chris Canty was put on the New York Giants PUP list.
What this means is that Canty may not be able to play in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys September 5. Canty is recovering from offseason knee surgery. He has been running and lifting a little bit, however the Giants don’t want to push him. Canty had his best year as a Giant since coming over as a free agent before the 2009 season from the Cowboys. Canty had 47 tackles and four sacks last season and added five more tackles during the Super Bowl run.
If Canty ends up missing the first game or two, the Giants have enough depth to make up for the loss. Linval Joseph already starts in one spot and the mix of Rocky Bernard, Shaun Rogers and Marvin Austin can step in for that game and be okay.
As coach Tom Coughlin likes to say it’s all about finishing. If Canty there for the first game of the season that’s ok. It’s more important that he’s totally healthy for the next 15 games and hopefully a subsequent playoff run. He’s a key member of one of the defensive lines in football and he’s right in the middle of it. The Giants need him happy and healthy moving forward rather than rushing him to play in the opening game against his former team.