Ramses Barden, who will spend at least the first six weeks of the regular season in reserve/PUP, said it was the smart move.
“Thinking about it, it might have been the best decision as far as giving me enough time to not only get healthy but have that time to get conditioned,” he said on Friday. “I would hate to come back and have some sort of injury caused from compensating on another muscle or another joint. You’ve seen that happen a couple of times already this year with Bruce (Johnson, who ruptured his Achilles after a knee injury last season) and possibly Clint (Sintim, who tore his ACL for the second time in nine months on Thursday night). That’s the last thing that I want, to come back and think that everything is good and not be conditioned enough to take the rigors of the game.”
Whether he’ll ever be ready for that is now up for debate. Barden looked like he was progressing last season before he broke his ankle and missed the rest of the year. He had surgery on the area in February but was slow to recover and Tom Coughlin expressed frustration throughout training camp. Barden had originally hoped to be ready for the start of training camp, and then hoped for the start of the regular season. Now he’s eyeing October.
“That’s a good goal,” he said. “It gives me some finite numbers to work with as opposed to the ambiguity of it … I like the idea that I can set a schedule or a pace.”