No timetable yet for Geoff Schwartz's return

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Guard Geoff Schwartz suffered a dislocated right big toe last week against the Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Geoff Schwartz said today he has “no idea” when he will return to the field.

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Schwartz, the free agent acquisition who is the Giants’ starting left guard, dislocated his right big toe last week vs. the Jets. He is still wearing a walking boot and on crutches.

“Of course, it is frustrating,” Schwartz said in his first public comments since he was carted off the field a week ago. “I have never really had an in-game injury before. It is definitely a disappointment. I will be back hopefully soon enough.”


But he doesn’t know when; a timetable has not been set for his return.

“No idea,” he said. “Just see how it goes. There is really no other way to put it. We will just have to see how the rehab goes.”

Not only had Schwartz never suffered this kind of injury before, he’d never even heard of it. That adds to the mystery of a potential return date.

“There are a lot of different ways to approach it,” he said. “Being a bigger guy (340 pounds), putting pressure on that toe is not going to help.”

Schwartz said the injury occurred on a routine play.

“I was just getting bull rushed, and I went to anchor and it came out,” he said. “I have watched the film on it. I’ve watched the TV copy of it. Never happened before. I wish there was some other cooler way that it could have happened. I felt it right away. I went from there and called out the trainers.

“When they took the shoe off, I figured it would look like it did. I don’t remember really if it hurt or not. I was just in a blur. It was gross looking.”

The team’s medical staff realigned Schwartz’s toe in the locker room. Now all he can do is rehab it and try to return to the field as soon as possible. Since this injury is a first for him, he is largely dealing with the unknown. The only certainty is Schwartz will not be ready to play in the season opener in Detroit in 10 days.

“I came here to play and to be ready to play Monday night,” he said. “It is disappointing that is not going to happen. It gives me motivation to rehab and move on from there. I’ll be ready when it is time.

“Any rehab is hard to do. It doesn’t matter whether it is for a finger or an elbow. They all take their own course. We have a great staff and a great program set up for me so I am hoping to get back sooner rather than later.”

  • The Giants must trim their roster from 75 to the NFL’s regular-season limit of 53 players by 4 p.m. tomorrow.

  • Another offseason acquisition, Trindon Holliday, missed all five preseason games, including the 16-13 victory last night over New England, with a hamstring injury. He hasn’t practiced in almost a month, but is hopeful of making the roster.

    “I hope I left a good impression out there the couple weeks I did practice,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens.

    “I’m getting there. I’ll be ready to go, hopefully next week.”

  • Cornerback Prince Amukamara, who missed the final two preseason games with a strained groin, said he has been cleared for full work when the team next practices on Monday.

    “Health-wise, I am expecting to play Monday night,” Amukamara said. “I am expecting to do everything at practice, I expect for them to treat me as if I wasn’t injured. I am doing everything.”

  • Corey Washington waited through the entire NFL Draft and was never selected. He hopes tomorrow brings better news when the final cuts are announced.

    “Hopefully, (it will be) a great feeling tomorrow,” Washington said. “Hopefully, (I will) make this 53-man roster and be able to provide for my family.

    “It’s a tough day, just like how it was draft day. It’s another wait right now. Right now, I’m just waiting for the best.”

    Washington, a free agent form Newberry College who was waived by the Arizona Cardinals in May, led the Giants in the preseason with 10 receptions, 155 yards and four touchdowns, one in each of the first four games.

    “After the game last night, Victor Cruz was like, ‘I appreciate everything you’ve done,’” Washington said. “He said, ‘You did all you can do. Now it’s just a matter of waiting. Good luck with everything. Stay focused.’

    “That calmed my nerves a lot, hearing Victor Cruz say that. It calmed my nerves a lot.”

    But he will still sweat it out tomorrow, along with every other player who is waiting to hear about the roster decisions.