New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski made the trip to Dallas, but his status for tonight’s opener is still in question.
Hynoski was injured during OTAs, hurting his medial collateral ligament and suffering a chip fracture in his left knee. He underwent knee surgery in May and has been on the mend every since. On Aug. 23, he was activated from the physically unable to perform list.
The fullback is entering his third year in the NFL and has played an extremely important role on the Giants in the last couple of seasons. Hynoski is not a stat-sheet stuffer, but his contributions are evident in the success of the running game.
This season, his presence is needed more than ever. After Andre Brown went down with a left leg fracture that is going to sideline him at least eight weeks, second-year running back David Wilson all of the sudden has a tremendous responsibility. Life would be much easier for the first-round draft pick if Hynoski was in front of him to clear the path.
In his short time in the league, Hynoski has established himself as one of the best hole-creators around the NFL.
When the Giants initially became aware of Hynoski’s injury, they pursued a couple of different options. They went after veteran free agent Vonta Leach, who eventually signed with the Baltimore Ravens. New York also looked into Ryan D’Imperio but he ended up retiring in the offseason.
If Hynoski is unable to play against the Dallas Cowboys, which is more than likely, the Giants will shift tight end Bear Pascoe over to fullback, just like they did in the preseason. Pascoe is a capable blocker, but he is a step down from Hynoski.
The Cowboys have a solid front-line and linebacker unit, so it will be interesting to see how much of an impact the absence of Hynoski could make.
Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for Rant Sports. He lives in Westchester, New York and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University.