The status of five New York Giants players who were iffy going into today’s conditioning drills included wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee), tackle Will Beatty (leg), guard John Jerry (knee), running back David Wilson (neck) and linebacker Jon Beason (foot).
Of those, only Beason will begin training camp on the active PUP list.
A player on the active PUP list counts against the 90-man training camp roster. Players can be removed from the list any time prior to the final roster cut down date following the Giants’ final preseason game against the Patriots on August 28.
If a player is still not deemed physically ready at the end of camp, the club can then move him to the inactive PUP list where he would need to remain for a minimum of six weeks.
The future for Beason is looking up, though. He is no longer wearing any sort of orthopedic device on his ailing right foot in which he suffered a sesamoid bone fracture and torn ligament during OTA’s.
While he didn’t take part in the conditioning drills to open the Giants training camp on Monday, Beason is expected to be back on the field before camp ends.
The news was also good for Wilson, who had an exam today on his surgically repaired neck.
“The doctor told me that I was good to go,” Wilson said. “I’ve always felt fine and capable of doing my job but you want to come in and be safe as well.”
Wilson said he does not feel at a disadvantage mentally or physically despite not having played since week five of last season. He is excited to return and has no concerns about the physical demands of the game.
“I haven’t been sitting on the couch,” he said.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said he was impressed by the progress his running back has made since his surgery in January.
“Quite frankly, he’s an amazing kid,” Coughlin said. “I know that we are talking about a very serious injury but about two weeks after he’s had his surgery, he’s in the weight room and I have to slow him down.”
The plan is still to proceed cautiously, but there appears to be a lot of reasons to be hopeful about Wilson. He does not need any special equipment to play and is excited to compete.
Coughlin plans to also proceed cautiously with Manningham, Beatty, and Jerry. The three are limited but cleared to practice.
Wilson, Beatty and Manningham participated in today’s conditioning drills and appear to be off to a positive start.
A lot remains to be seen as to how Wilson, Beatty, Manningham and Jerry will come back from their injuries.
In the words of Wilson however, “If it’s wrong, you can make it right.”
The Giants also waived receiver Kris Adams after he failed his physical. New York signed guard John Sullen, 6-5 and 331 pounds who was initially signed as a rookie free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals on April 30, 2013. Sullen, who played his college ball at Auburn, was waived by the Bengals on Aug. 31 and did not play last season.