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Baas makes it back for start of camp

An official checks on center David Baas at

An official checks on center David Baas at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 30, 2011. Credit: David Pokress

Every player who has offseason surgery has the same goal: Back for the start of camp.

Not everyone makes it. Chris Snee and Terrell Thomas didn’t. They landed on PUP. But David Baas did.

The starting center was delivering the ball to Eli Manning after missing all of the offseason program recovering from what he only described as “surgeries.” He told that his goal was to make it back for the start of camp (as is everyone’s), and he did.

“I felt like with everything I’ve been through, I wanted to get out there and get back working with my teammates and get some of this rust off,” Baas said. “It’s been a while. I think it went okay today after not taking an actual football snap since the end of the season. I can definitely get better. But it was a great feeling to kind of get a gauge of how my body feels and get to work out there.”

Baas did not participate in the conditioning run on Friday, so there was some doubt as to whether he’d be able to keep to his timetable. But his injuries didn’t sideline him at all in 2012 – he played all 16 games, the last few of them through difficult pain – and he said he wanted to start the 2013 season in the same fashion.

“No matter how much I had to get fixed up, I wanted to be ready to be out there and show them that I’m going to be back and I’m going to be better than ever,” he said. “We’re human, so of course it’s going to take a little bit. But I’m very glad to be back out there … As a professional, I don’t want to let my team down so I don’t want to make any mental mistakes. I’ve always prided myself on that so I made sure I knew my stuff. Like I said, we’ll get better every day. But today was a good start.”

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