A few weeks ago Kevin Boothe probably thought he’d come off the PUP list quietly and ease back into things. Yesterday was his first day back on the practice field as a member of the active roster, but there was little time for him to enjoy it.
“That’s what you sign up for,” Boothe said. “You play this game, you have to be ready to play at all times.”
With a banged-up offensive line that has already be restructured, Boothe seems to be the front-runner to start Sunday’s game against the Cowboys at left guard. Rookie Mitch Petrus is another candidate, but the Giants will likely go with Boothe’s experience – even though he has zero of it this season. After tearing a pectoral muscle while lifting weights in the spring, Boothe had surgery and began training camp on PUP. Three weeks ago he was able to begin practicing with the team.
“The last few weeks have been kind of like a crash course, but I’ve been fine,” he said. “That’s the nature of this game. You never know when you’ll be up. I figure this week I’ll probably be dressing at least. And if I’m dressing, then they expect you to contribute.”