The offseason optimism of post-surgical players who insist they will be back for the start of training camp often runs into the reality of the PUP list, and that was the case for four of the Giants today.
WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), DT Chris Canty (knee), TE Travis Beckum (knee) and LB Clint Sintim (knee) will start training camp physically unable to perform. They will be able to be activated at any point this preseason. If they are still on PUP when the regular season begins, they'll have to sit out the first six weeks and then have a three week window to begin practicing for a three week window. But we're not at that point yet.
Tom Coughlin said there have not been any setbacks for Nicks, who suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his foot in OTAs. Nicks was originally expected back in mid August and Coughlin said he just began running in a pool.
As for Canty, who had an arthroscopic procedure in the offseason, Coughlin said he’d “be a while.”
Beckum tore his ACL in the Super Bowl. Sintim destroyed his knee in the preseason finale last year. It'll be a longshot for him to get back on the field this preseason, nevermind make the team.
The only other injury on the Giants' radar right now is Will Beatty's back. The projected starting left tackle did not participate in the conditioning drill and Coughlin said he will be limited when the team begins practicing today.