Giants veteran DT Canty upset he won’t start year
Defensive tackle Chris Canty chose his words carefully after the
New York Giants put him on the reserve-physically unable to perform
list to start the 2012 season.
The eight-year veteran never said he disagreed with the move
that will sideline him for at least six games. The 29-year-old
lineman, however, made it clear on Monday that the Giants and their
medical staff decided that his surgically repaired knee needed more
time to heal.
It was their decision, not his. In fact, Canty insisted he is
close to being ready. But either way, he cannot suit up until at
least Oct. 18, when New York takes on Washington.
”I’m not gonna say I saw it coming,” Canty said ”Obviously, I
was optimistic about it. I feel good, I feel in pretty good shape
considering all the factors. I stand by the position my knee is
better than it was November, December, January of last season.
”But ultimately this was a decision that was made in the best
interest of the football team.”
Canty had a knee – neither he nor the team has said which one –
cleaned out after the Giants beat the New England Patriots to win
their second Super Bowl in five seasons. In minicamp, he insisted
he would be ready for the season opener on Sept. 5 against the
Dallas Cowboys, the team that drafted him.
But when training camp opened, Canty was placed on the PUP and
he never looked ready. He was seen on the sideline running after
the team returned to New Jersey, but that was it. Canty said the
Giants (No. 3 in the AP Pro32) told him the decision recently. He
was not given the chance to plead his case otherwise.
”Yeah it is disappointing,” he said. ”But at the end of the
day, what can you do?”
Canty refused to get into the specifics of his surgery. He said
he played a least a third of last season on a bad knee and his
career would not have continued had he not addressed the
”It is tough to officially know that I am not going to be
starting the 2012 season,” he said. ”I am not going to be able to
go out there and participate in the game that I love and play with
my teammates. It is tough.”
Canty said he had no setbacks in his rehabilitation and was
continuing to make progress.
”This is something that takes a long time to heal,” he said.
”Obviously, we were very aggressive and we were very optimistic
that I’ll be able to accelerate the process. With that being said,
they did not feel comfortable putting me back on the football field
with full confidence that I will be able to compete at a high
When asked if he disagreed with the assessment, Canty said it
didn’t matter how he felt.
”I was brought here to do a job and right now, they don’t feel
that I could do that job,” he said. ”They don’t feel that it’s in
the best interest of the football team for me to be playing and so
that’s what it is.”
Canty started all 16 games last season and finished with 47
tackles and four sacks. He has only missed eight games in his
career. In 2009, he battled hamstring, calf and knee problems.
With Canty out, veteran Rocky Bernard will move into the
starting lineup next to Linval Joseph. Dwayne Hendricks, rookie
Markus Kuhn and Marvin Austin, who has battled back issues, will
back them up.
Coach Tom Coughlin said it’s better for Canty to take the time
and eventually return at 100 percent. But while he believes he will
play this year, Canty said there is still no guarantee.
”I don’t have a crystal ball,” he said. ”If you would have
asked me would I start the season on PUP, I’d say there’s no
chance, but here I am. It is what it is.”
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