Austin practiced on Monday and told reporters he feels like he’s on track to play Sunday, as the New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano tweeted:
DT Marvin Austin (back) says he feels like he’s on track to play Sunday, as long as the trainers clear him. #NYG
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 10, 2012
Austin has been out of action since suffering a back injury in training camp. The Giants were adamant it was nothing serious, but Austin continued to be sidelined by the injury. Selected 52nd overall in the second round of the 2011 draft, Austin missed all of his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle. His presence, especially this season, has been missed as injuries have sidelined other members of the Giants defensive line, including starter Chris Canty.
Starting defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Rocky Bernard each recorded a sack in the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium, but tired toward the end of the game. Austin’s ability to finally see the field could open up some more options for defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and the defense as they seek to keep a fresh unit on the field at all times, while slowing up the Buccaneers’ punishing rushing attack.