Posted by Eye on Football staff
UPDATED (2:05 p.m.): Jerry Reese released a statement, via the NY Times, that Kiwanuka has been cleared by doctors to play.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka had such a hot start last year, recording four sacks in three games and really thriving in new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s system. But he had a herniated disk problem in his neck, and he missed the final 13 games of the season.
He made $1.76 million in the final year of his contract next season, and though New York obviously likes his abilities, his future with the Giants is still unclear, especially considering he still hasn’t been cleared by doctors to play.
“Kiwanuka’s been getting good reports,” Giants GM Jerry Reese told the media today. “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.
"I just think that confirmation, 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 everybody is saying the same thing, on the same page.”
But there seems to be a chance that Kiwanuka – who, thus far, has avoided surgery as he tries to make a recovery – wouldn’t play again at all.
“It’s a possibility. Who knows?” Reese said. “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.”
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