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Austin says back is better

Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin practices rushing the

Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin practices rushing the passer at the Giants OTA. (May 30, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Marvin Austin was in the Giants locker room today smiling at all of the questions about his aching back. That he was smiling was the good news.

After suffering what he called “a little back ache” after a walk-through on Monday, Austin was sent to New York for tests on the back. The results of those tests, he said, were good.

“I don’t think it is going to be something that lags on,” Austin said. “That is why we want to get everything right now so it won’t be something that goes on for a period of time.”

The Giants are very thin at defensive tackle, so getting Austin back will be a big help for them.

“It was a wild week for us to say the least,” Austin said of the injuries at the position. “It was a tough week for the D-tackle position … We’ve had many situations in the past and they have handled it perfectly.”

And Austin has missed all of the last two seasons of football. Those two issues made the drive down to the hospital from Albany all the more excruciating.

“Of course it is concerning, have anything happen to the back, you are dealing with the most important part of your body,” Austin said. “But I still also know how I was feeling and I wasn’t too worried that it was something that I could be out of football.”

Austin said he isn’t sure when he’ll return to the field or if he’ll be available for the rest of the preseason. But, he said, he recognizes his opportunity with the loss of some other veteran players, Shaun Rogers in particular.

“I believe that being in this organization is opportunity for me to learn and grow and as a person,” he said. “Also the opportunity that I have on the field is definitely there.”

As long as Austin is on the field along with that opportunity.


Naturally Austin was asked if he thought those dastardly beds in Ablany had anything to do with his back troubles.

"I don’t think it was the mattress' fault," Austin said. "Just a multitude of different things."

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