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Bulluck says knee is fine, caution the only thing holding him back

New Giants linebacker Keith Bulluck chases down a

New Giants linebacker Keith Bulluck chases down a ball carrier during a scrimmage at Giants training camp in Albany, N.Y. (Aug. 2, 2010) Credit: Jon Winslow

At this point, probably the only thing that is holding Keith Bulluck from a full-fledged starting job with the Giants is his knee. He had surgery to repair a torn ACL in late December and the Giants have been bringing him along slowly.

But the knee is fine, he said.

“I wanted to play more,” he said of his six-snap introduction to the Giants against the Steelers. “It’s healed and those questions are always going to linger until I get out there and start playing more. I guess that’s the only explanation for me not playing more. So I understand. But I don’t have any concerns about my knee.”

“I’m accustomed to playing, I’m accustomed to practicing more, but my situation is different now,” he added. “So I just roll with the punches. I’m not complaining, I’m not bickering about anything. I’m very fortunate.”

Fortunate, he said, because the Giants have not pushed him.

“A friend of mine had knee surgery a month before me and his team had him out there running three months after surgery and doing all types of two-a-days and whatnot and he already had to go back in for a scope,” Bulluck said. “I’m very fortunate that I’m in this situation. They’re taking care of me and looking out for everyone’s best interest.”

Bulluck thinks he can play more and he’s ready to do that on Saturday against the Ravens if he’s asked to.

“At the same time that could just be the football player in me,” he said. “The doctors and the coaches, they know best, so that’s what we’re going by right now.”

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