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Update: Kiwanuka cleared to play

Mathias Kiwanuka considers it

Mathias Kiwanuka considers it "fun" to be playing in a do-or-die game. (undated file photo) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Giants general manager Jerry Reese said earlier this morning that he was uncertain whether defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka would be able to resume his NFL career because of a neck problem. But after consulting with the Giants' head trainer, Ronnie Barnes, Kiwanuka has now been cleared to play again. 

"After I spoke to the media this morning at the combine, I had a conversation with Ronnie Barnes, who confirmed for me that last night we did receive the final written evaluation that gives Mathias medical clearance to return to the field," Reese said in a statement released by the team. "The consensus of all of the spine physicians and Dr. (Russ) Warren is that it is safe for Mathias to return to play. I have talked to Mathias and he is fully committed to returning to football."

Good news for the Giants and good news for Kiwanuka. The next hurdle to deal with: Kiwanuka is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The Giants are expected to craft a contract offer that will give Kiwanuka an incentive-based deal. 

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