Antrel Rolle was coy about when he might return to practice, but not what he’ll do when he does.
“You’ll see when I see,” he said. “I don’t know. Whenever I’m out there you’ll know I’m out there. I’ll make a lot of noise.”
Rolle was doing some intense agility drills and running yesterday and looked like he was on the verge of returning. It was last Monday that he sprained his ankle and had to be carted off the field. Tom Coughlin said Rolle was projected to return to practice later this week, but it could even be this afternoon for the safety.
“I grind hard whether it’s icing my ankle or knee or whether it’s getting extra work in with the trainers here or whether it’s getting extra work in on my own in my down time,” Rolle said. “It’s a constant grind. It’s not something easy to overcome but nothing in life is easy.”
Rolle said he is ahead of schedule for his return and getting back by the Sept. 8 opener seems like a slam dunk. But before he gets back on the field, Rolle said he has a checklist.
“I’m going to return to the practice field whenever I’m ready, whenever I can go out there and I feel like I’m not favoring it and so forth and so on,” he said. “Right now we feel we’re ahead of schedule and things are going good.”
Rolle is not the only injured Giant. Yesterday Victor Cruz was seen wearing a boot and walking with crutches. It was last week that Rolle shed his boot after one day, saying that “boots are for wimps.” So has he given Cruz a hard time for wearing his wimpy boot?
“No, man,” Rolle said. “I want him to be in that boot. We have to make sure we take care of Victor. I think we all know what he means to this team. If he has to walk around in a boot for a month, so be it. Maybe I’ll put a boot on with him just to show that I’m with him.”