For a little more than nine years, Giants offensive lineman Chris Snee, the Giants’ second round draft pick in 2004, has often toiled away in silence, rarely letting his body overrule his desire to contribute on Sunday.
That’s why this time around, Snee, whom the Giants placed on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury, had such a hard time accepting what was happening to him.
“I’ve been feeling it for some time now,” he said. “ I’ve always been able to play through things, but clearly I couldn’t.”
Snee, who last week missed the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, has reportedly been in so much pain and discomfort that it’s affected his ability to perform routine daily movements. He sought an aggressive treatment plan that included therapy and medication, but in the end, his injury, a torn labrum in his right hip, didn’t respond.
“I’ve always been a guy that by Friday could suit up and play,” he said. “I was kind of secretly hoping I’d wake up and things would feel differently, I would respond to the treatment and the medicine. It just didn’t happen.”
With his season over, Snee’s next order of business sis to meet with Dr. Brian Kelly, Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to discuss surgical treatment options.
It would be the second hip surgery in a 12-month period for Snee, who in February had a procedure done on his left hip.
“I’ll see Dr. Kelly tomorrow and we’ll discuss what the next step is, but I’ve done everything I can to get this hip right and it’s just not where it needs to be for me to play at the level I want to play at,” Snee said. “I’m not going to get into what happened or why it happened. I’ve played a lot of games for this team and had a lot of wear on this body. If I was able to play through something, I would.”
Snee, who has one year remaining on his contract, also didn’t want to get into what the long-term future might hold.
“That’s not something I’m thinking about right now,” he said. “I’m honestly just trying to get over the frustration of this and deal with surgery, and deal with rehab. I’ll think about that later.”