From the outside it may seem that there are a lot of injuries, not only for the Giants but around the league. That’s the perception from inside the locker rooms too.
Jimmy Kennedy, who is in his ninth NFL season, said he was expecting a lot of players to get hurt early this year.
“I knew going into this, once we had a lockout, there was going to be a lot of injuries,” the veteran defensive tackle said. “We have guys who take care of their bodies and everything and you get freak accidents like what happened to Domenik (Hixon), but I knew this was going to be an injury-plagued season not just for us but for the NFL. There’s been a lot of guys dropping, a lot of key names, because your body is not used to (football). The Super Bowl was the last time anyone had played ball. A lot of guys took a long break, but you’d be surprised how the OTAs and stuff helps with the movements in your ligaments and stuff getting used to moving like that.”
Kennedy said he knows the players stayed in shape during the lockout, but that it wouldn’t make a difference.
“No matter how hard you train you’ll never be in football shape,” he said. “You could run a four-minute mile, but when it’s time to put on shoulder pads and a helmet and hit somebody you’re still going to be out of breath. That part doesn’t matter.
“It’s sad that we lost another dude, he’s a hell of a player too,” Kennedy said of Hixon, the ninth Giants player to land on IR and the fifth with a torn ACL. “You roll with the punches man. You keep going. He would want us to do that.”