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Surgery after-effect might cause Giants' Chris Snee to retire

Chris Snee celebrates against the New England Patriots

Chris Snee celebrates against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5, 2012. Photo Credit: Getty

Chris Snee will walk into the team facility as a Giant Monday morning. He might not walk out as one by the end of the day.

While the other players assemble for the start of training camp, the veteran guard will meet with team executives and front-office personnel to discuss his future. On the table is the strong possibility of retirement as Snee, 32, struggles to overcome the effects of last year's elbow surgery.

Snee has said all offseason that he intends to play in 2014, but the elbow apparently has not allowed him to gain the upper-body size and strength necessary. People familiar with Snee's thinking said no decision had been made, but on Sunday night, ESPN cited a source saying that Snee indeed will announce his retirement Monday after the meeting.

If Snee does retire, it will further pare an endangered species on the Giants' roster: the two-time Super Bowl champion. As of now, only Snee, Eli Manning, Zak DeOssie and Mathias Kiwanuka remain from the teams that won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Kiwanuka was on injured reserve in 2007, which would leave only Manning and DeOssie as two-time Super Bowl participants if Snee retires.

Snee also would be the final player from the Giants' dominant offensive line of the late 2000s to call it quits, following teammates Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert, David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie. Together, those five started 38 consecutive regular-season games from 2007-09. Diehl retired earlier this year.

If Snee does retire, the Giants have several possibilities to replace him.

Third-year player Brandon Mosley played the position in the spring when Snee was held out of minicamp and some of the OTAs because of the elbow injury. Rookie Weston Richburg was drafted as a center but played some guard in the spring. The Giants also drafted guard Eric Herman last year and added veteran John Jerry during this offseason. Jerry is coming off a knee procedure in the spring and might not be ready to fully participate in training camp.

Snee, a second-round pick of the Giants in 2004 (taken on the same day the Giants acquired Manning), has played 138 games for the Giants in 10 seasons. He has been named to four Pro Bowl rosters (2008, '09, '10, '12) and three All-Pro teams (2008, '09, '10).


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