Shaun Rogers was told his season was over. Then he was told it might not be. Now he’s waiting to see if it in fact is.
That’s quite the emotional roller coaster for a player, especially a veteran like Rogers who was already teetering on thoughts of retirement in the spring but rededicated himself to the Giants after signing as a free agent and losing 50 pounds.
Rogers, a defensive tackle, was diagnosed with a blood clot in his calf after the preseason opener against the Jaguars and doctors told him he would not be able to play this season while on the blood-thinning medications to treat that ailment. But last week Tom Coughlin suggested there was a “ray of hope” and a new medication that could allow Rogers to get back on the field at some point in 2012.
“I mean anytime you go to the doctor and they tell you your season’s over, you’re disappointed,” Rogers said. “But, again, we did further due diligence and, you know, we came up with a better prognosis and hopefully that will be the situation.”
Rogers may run out of time and the Giants may run out of room. They have to trim their roster to 53 players next week and already they have a handful of players who they may have to carry even though they won’t be able to play. Rogers, Terrell Thomas (knee), Marvin Austin (back), even Will Beatty (back) require some big, tough decisions.
But Rogers, after starting down the prospect of missing 2012, wants to get back on the field.
“That’s most definitely the point, to try and get out there as soon as possible and be able to be effective by whatever means they need me to be effective,” he said.