Henry Hynoski took a big step toward being ready for the Giants' opener.
The fullback was taken off the physically unable to perform list Thursday, three months to the day after suffering an injury to his medial collateral ligament and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau in his left knee in the Giants' first organized team activities. Since the injury occurred, he's targeted the Cowboys game on Sept. 8 for his return.
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"He said he'd be in here and here he is," coach Tom Coughlin said. "A couple of weeks to go, and here he is."
But Hynoski was quick to note that he isn't ready for Week 1 yet. "I'm hoping for it," he said. "That's my goal, but if it takes to Week 2 or 3, that's fine."
Hynoski seems unlikely to play in the preseason. Thursday, in his first active practice, he did barely more than he did while on PUP. The main difference was some individual drills with teammates, but he stood to the side during all of the team reps.
Still, Hynoski said it was nice to shed the PUP label. "It feels good," he said. "I'm very happy to be out here with my teammates and just get out here moving around and doing some things . . . I received a lot of good response today."
Rolle on the field