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Kiwanuka still not out of the woods

2006: MATHIAS KIWANUKA, Defensive end, Boston College Drafted:

2006: MATHIAS KIWANUKA, Defensive end, Boston College
Drafted: First round, No. 32 overall
With Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora already occupying the defensive end positions, Kiwanuka worked at linebacker in 2007 before moving back to the D-line in 2008. Starting 41 of 61 games in four-plus seasons, Kiwanuka has amassed 166 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. A bulging disc in his neck forced Kiwanuka to miss the last 13 games in 2010 and has his career in jeopardy.
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Indianapolis - Giants general manager Jerry Reese is somewhat encouraged by reports about defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who has a neck problem that landed him on injured reserve last season. But Reese left open the possibility that Kiwanuka might not play again. 

"It’s a possibility," Reese said. "Who knows? When you talk about neck injuries, Antonio Pierce, he had a neck injury and boom it was over just like that. Neck injuries are serious injuries and you have to be careful."

Reese said initial medical reports about Kiwanuka are good. But he added: "I don’t think he’s quite out of the woods yet with the doctors’ investigation on the neck. But he has been getting good reports. That’s good for us. He's been all over the place trying to get the right information so he can make his decision if he’s going to play again next fall. I think there’s a couple more doctors that he wants to get some confirmation from and our doctors want to huddle up and make sure eve saying the same thing, on the same page."

Reese said he expects Kiwanuka to play "if he gets cleared by the doctors. That’s the number one variable in the situation is what are the doctors saying? Are you going to risk your health by playing football or are you going to be OK? I think that’s what he is looking for and I think he is trying to get everybody to confirm that. He’s been to a lot of doctors so we are hoping for the best."

Reese said he doesn't think it will be a problem to figure out a way to structure a contract for Kiwanuka, who is a free agent, in the event he plays again. 

"We’ll figure that out," he said. "The first bridge that we have to across, is he available to play? We cross that bridge, we will figure all that other stuff out."

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