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Giants' Sintim latest to be lost to injury

Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:31 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

When it comes to injuries, the Giants haven't caught a break this preseason. There was Osi Umenyiora's well publicized knee ("Is he hurt? Is he faking? Oh, it is legit…"), and the team lost cornerback Terrell Thomas last week when he blew out his ACL. There's also first-round pick, cornerback Prince Amukamara (broken foot), second-round pick, defensive tackle Marvin Austin (torn pectoral muscle), and now we can add linebacker Clint Sintim's name to the list.

Sintim, a 2009 second-rounder, suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee during Thursday's meaningless preseason game against the Patriots and he will be out for the year. This comes nine months after he tore his ACL against the Rams last December.

His teammate Michael Boley called it “heartbreaking” and head coach Tom Coughlin called it “devastating," according to the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano.

“You’ve got to feel badly for a guy that’s coming back off a serious knee (injury),” Coughlin said after the game. “Works his tail off, really didn’t say a word the whole preseason, just did what he had to do, worked on the field. And then to see that happen tonight. It was devastating.”

Sintim has struggled to stay healthy during his short NFL career. “It’s tough, especially when you know what he went through over the course of this offseason,” Boley said. “Then something terrible like this happens again, it’s heartbreaking.”

Unfortunately Sintim is familiar with the rehab process. “That’s the way football is,” he said, via Vacchiano. “I’m going to give myself a couple of days and I’m going to get back on the grind.”

“He’ll bounce back,” Coughlin added. "But to have to go through what he’s got to go through again in terms of the rehab, etc., we feel real bad for Clint.”

Sintim's injury could pave the way for Mark Herzlich to backdoor his way onto the roster. The former BC standout and cancer survivor was signed as an undrafted free agent in late July, though the New York Post's Paul Schwartz writes that Herzlich is still a long shot for the final 53.

"Staying around won't be easy. Another undrafted rookie linebacker, Spencer Paysinger, started [against the Patriots Thursday night] as the Giants went exclusively with backups. Two other rookies, Greg Jones and Jacquian Williams, got on the field on defense before Herzlich; Williams was a terror with three sacks. In the cruel reality of football, Clint Sintim, went down in the third quarter with a season-ending right knee injury. That roster spot might now belong to Herzlich, a sinister irony. When Herzlich was receiving cancer treatments, he often spoke with Sintim, then a linebacker at Virginia."

"I feel really badly for him," Herzlich said. "I told him we've been through worse, man. It's all about coming back and keeping your mind on the goal."

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