An MRI on kicker Lawrence Tynes revealed no knee damage and only a bruise to his thigh, Tom Coughlin said in a conference call today.
While it’s not the disastrous injury it appeared to be when his leg buckled after being hit by Panthers linebacker Sean Ware on a blocked field goal attempt in the fourth quarter Saturday night, it may be enough to sideline Tynes for the foreseeable future.
“I’m not going to predict how long he’ll be out,” Coughlin said. “He’ll be a fulltime participant in the training room, that’s for sure.”
As for signing another kicker, Coughlin said the team is exploring internal options but may add a player early this week. The Giants could have punter Matt Dodge handle kickoffs and perhaps even field goals and extra points, but Coughlin said he does not want to “interfere right now with the competition at the punting position” between Dodge and Steve Weatherford.
One possibility could be Shayne Graham, who joined the Giants for literally a few hours last season. He came in on a Saturday and spelled Tynes in a game when he was injured, kicked three extra points on Sunday against the Lions, and was released the following day. Graham was just released by the Redskins.
And what about Tynes’ assertion that there should have been a penalty on the hit that sent him to the ground? Coughlin said it was the right no-call.
“Ball was blocked,” he said, calling it a “technique mistake by a young player” that allowed Ware in.
It appeared that rookie James Brewer did not block down on Ware, who scooted through the line between Brewer and Jarriel King.