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Goff making progress, excited by Giants playoff run

New York Giants' linebacker Jonathan Goff was penciled

New York Giants' linebacker Jonathan Goff was penciled in to be the starting middle linebacker until his injury ended his 2011 campaign before it began. Credit: AP

Terrell Thomas said that linebacker Jonathan Goff has been something like “a ghost” during his rehab from a torn ACL suffered just before the start of the season. Turns out he’s just in Hoboken.

At least that’s where he was when I caught up with him this evening to talk about what it’s like watching this team go on a playoff run from the distance of the injured reserve list.

“Obviously where I want to be is on the field,” he said. “Right now I’m doing everything I can to put myself in the best shape possible for a healthy season next year. But the guys look great right now. They’re playing really well on both sides of the ball. They have a lot of momentum going right now.”

Goff is doing well too. He’s a head of schedule (who ever isn’t?) and at 16 weeks post-surgery he’s starting to do some running on an Ultra-G treadmill that simulates low gravity.

“Week 16, that’s the week where you can run and crank up the intensity and it’s going really well,” he said. “I’m able to do a lot.”

Goff said he plans to be ready for the start of the 2012 season. The question of where he will be playing remains in doubt. He’s a free agent at the end of this season and the Giants have a lot of good young linebackers including some they project as big-time players like Mark Herzlich and Jacquian Williams (along with a returning Michael Boley). There may not be room for Goff with the Giants.

Goff said he’s letting his agent handle things with the contract and didn’t say expressly that he expects to return (or even if he’d like to). “They’re a real class act organization from top to bottom,” he said. “I really enjoyed that and that’s definitely something that I won’t forget about.”

He could have one more chance to be with them, though. If the Giants win on Sunday, he’ll make the trip to Indianapolis for the super Bowl.

“How could I not?” he asked.

Well, Thomas said he had some mixed feelings and reservations about making that trip and watching his team play on the biggest stage in the sports world without him. Goff said he has no such hesitations.

“I can see where he’s coming from with that,” Goff said, “but I feel that’s definitely something I would do.”

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