Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell knew something was wrong when he saw his top safety, Antrel Rolle, go down on the field and stay there.
As it turns out, he was right, as Rolle today said that he suffered a “significant’ sprain of his right ankle.
The injury took place early in yesterday’s practice when in a one-on-one drill, Rolle got his feet tangled with tight end Bear Pascoe’s and was unable to land properly.
“I got caught up with his foot before I could actually jump so my foot kind of rolled up under me, both sides, and got it pretty good,” Rolle said.
Rolle, who did say that his injury is not a high ankle sprain, wouldn’t say if a grade was assigned to his injury, but he did note that, “If I can’t get up and walk off on my own, it is pretty bad.”
At first, Rolle said that he was concerned that he had been injured worse. “To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said, recalling his first thoughts moments after he was injured. “I tried to get up and walk off but I just couldn’t bear it.
“Did I think it was worse? Possibly just because I heard a couple of popping sounds in my ankle. I think it was just part of my ankle rolling, it was just cracking. Just thank God it is nothing too severe, nothing I can’t work through with just a bit of time and hard work.”
The good news, though is that Rolle, who is in a walking boot, said he does feel much better and that he has launched an aggressive rehab schedule to make sure that he’s back on the field sooner than later.
“There is no timeframe at this moment, but as soon as possible,” he said of his schedule. “I am not a fan of injuries, I really hate to speak about this but it happens in this game. (I) just do the best I can (and) try to get out there before preseason is over.”
Rolle said he’s determined to be ready for the regular season opener. “I am going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Is not even a possibility. Treatment two times, three times, four times a day — whatever it takes, I am going to do it.”
But until then, the man that Fewell referred to as the “glue” of his defense will have to sit idly on the side and be a spectator.
“I hate missing even a practice, being out there with my teammates, my brothers,” Rolle said. “This is very hard for me to accept but at the same time, I have to be smart about it. I am going to push myself because that is just who I am. I push myself with everything that I do to try to be out there with my guys as soon as possible.”