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Witherspoon's chances dwindle with knee injury

New York Giants defensive back Brian Witherspoon catches

New York Giants defensive back Brian Witherspoon catches the ball during training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Normally a sprained MCL is good news when you have a knee injury. It usually does not require surgery and takes a few weeks to heal. Of course, that’s assuming you have a few weeks. For Brian Witherspoon, who was hoping to make the roster as a bottom wrung cornerback or special teams player, the Giants might not have the patience to let his knee heal.

Witherspoon injured his left knee while returning a second-half punt and was carted off the field. He’ll have further tests on Tuesday to refine the diagnosis and prognosis.

“I’m kind of beating myself up right now,” he said. “I’ve been doing s well in training camp and for me to get an injury at this point in time when I had such a good opportunity to make this team, it’s disappointing.”

The Giants may have to cut ties with Witherspoon just to bring in healthy cornerback bodies. They obviously lost Terrell Thomas and are without Prince Amukamara for at least another month. Tom Coughlin said they’ll have to add players, but that means subtracting them as well. It could mean Witherspoon will be waived/injured.

Maybe, though, Witherspoon has put enough on the table to make the 53-man roster. “I don’t even know,” he said when asked if he thought that was the case.



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