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Players Quotes: August 27 - Canty, Sash

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COACH TOM COUGHLIN
Q: Did Beatty come back?
A: He did. He practiced. Did you see him pop out at the end?

Q: Does that affect your thoughts on the 53-man roster?
A: I don't want to speak about it. Just being quiet about it, he practiced a little bit.

Q: Anything new on Sash?
A: His ankle's not going to let him go evidently. Tomorrow's a new day though.

QB ELI MANNING
RE: David Wilson's play
A: It was good. It was good to see from David getting in a couple of big runs, changing the field position, so it's always important and we need that from this offense and for the team to be successful is have a strong running game. It's a good  thing to see, but we've got to keep working on it.

Q: How do you feel with all the injuries on this team?
A: Obviously we've got another week before we play our first game to get guys rested. We need that and hopefully they'll be back for the Dallas game. We've just got to work on getting better, the guys that are out there. Keep improving. It's a chance for some young guys to get a lot of playing time this week and show that they're learning this offense, learning their assignments and see if they can help us out.

Q: If it was your choice, how much would you like to play in the preseason game? How much time is really necessary to be productive?
A: Whatever Coach Coughlin thinks. He tells us how much we're going to play, so it's our job to go out there. We want to go out there and play well. Be successful with the ball and just make sure we're sharp in our assignments and being productive.

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WR HAKEEM NICKS
Q: Eli seems to think you'll play this week.
A: It looks pretty good. I'm supposed to be able to take some live snaps this week. That's what Coach told me yesterday when I asked him. Doctor said the same thing so that's what we look forward to doing.

Q: Have you actually let it go 100 percent at any time in practice?
A: Yeah, I did yesterday. I feel like I had a pretty good practice yesterday as far as speed wise, testing the limits, sprinting to the end zone after I caught the ball a little bit. It was opening up a little bit more.

Q: Have you been chomping at the bit to get going again being out this long?
A: Definitely can't wait, going against some live action knowing that somebody is going to be hitting me after I catch the ball now. It will get my feet wet a little bit for this opening game. That's what I look forward to, getting some live snaps and hopefully I get in a couple routine routes down with Eli.

SAFETY TYLER SASH
Q: How are you?
A: I'm good, my ankle, I basically had the same thing in college.  It has some bone spurs, and it locked up on me.  I don't really understand it as far as, if there's cartilage, or if it gets in the joint, then it can cause it to lock up.. I had  it once in college and I played three or four days later so I'm trying to play on Wednesday.  It's just something I have to  work through, and I just need to loosen it back up.

Q: What's your recovery plan?
A: Just ice and stem, getting into the training room, hoping to play on Wednesday if I can.  That's the goal; I want to play every game.

Q: You're going to see the commissioner today?
A: Yep, I have the meeting at 4pm today.  

Q: What do you hope to get out of that?
A: Just an explanation, and obviously I would love to play, but I'm just going in there open-minded, and anything that comes of it is meant to be.  I'm the type of person who is going to continue to try and get better no matter what happens to me.  If I get the four-game, then it's a lesson learned.  If it gets reduced, it gets reduced, if it gets taken away, it gets taken away.  I'm going in there expecting the four games that I have right now.  I just want to talk to him and see what's going on.

Q: You already did the official appeal process?
A: Yes sir.

Q: The appeal was denied?
A: Yes sir.

DT CHRIS CANTY
Q: You kind of knew that you'd miss the first six weeks of the season?
A: I'm not going to say that I saw it coming. Obviously I was optimistic about it. I feel good. I feel in pretty good shape considering all the factors. I stand by the position my knee is better than it was in November, December, January of last season, but ultimately this was a decision that was made in the best interest of the football team.

Q: Do you think you're close?
A: I feel like I'm close. Obviously saying that my knee is in better physical condition. Not just the way it feels, but anatomically it's better than what it was. But at the end of the day, the coaches and medial staff feel it's in the best interest of the team for me to be on PUP right now. So that's what we're doing.

Q: What can you tell us about your injury and the subsequent recovery? Did it take a little longer in their eyes?
A: I don't think when you start talking about the original injury; this is something that takes a long time to heal. Obviously we were very aggressive and we were very optimistic that I'll be able to accelerate the process. With that being said, they did not feel comfortable putting me back on the football field with full confidence that I will be able to compete at a high level.

Q: Were you allowed to argue with the decision or was it you were told what the decision was?
A: I was told what the decision was.

Q: It sounded like that you didn't agree with it totally.
A: It doesn't matter how I feel about it. I was brought here to do a job and right now, they don't feel that I could do that job. They don't feel that it's in the best interest of the football team for me to be playing and so that's what it is.

Q: You feel in two months from now, you'll be more than 100 percent?
A: I feel like that. Ultimately, the decision rests with them. Not with me. All I can do is do the best with the options that I have. So what can I do in the interim? I can help the guys that will be participating. I can get myself in superior condition. I feel that physically, I'm ready to compete at a very high level if and when I'm allowed to come back and play. That's what I can do.

Q: There's been a lot of injuries at the position. What have you seen from the guys in the first three preseason games?
A: What I see is that guys are able to compete at a very high level. When you turn on the tape and you watch the guys playing, it's like watching the varsity defense versus the J.V. offense. They're dominant. They're playing at a very high level. Coach talks about building the bridge from the 2011 season to the 2012 season and guys have picked up right where they left off and it shows in their play.

Q: Do you have any doubt that they're going to clear you this season?
A: I don't have a crystal ball. If you would have asked me would I start the season on PUP, I'd say there's no chance, but here I am. It is what it is.

Q: When were you told about that decision?
A: I was told recently. I can't remember the exact date, but obviously they told me what they felt what was in the best interest of the football team. What they felt like was in my best personal interest.

Q: You were really looking forward to coming back into camp. This must be very disappointing.
A: It's disappointing, but at the end of the day, what can you do?

Q: Was this more than a clean out?
A: I'm not going to get into specifics. You know better than that. I'm not gonna do that for you. Obviously this was something that needed to be addressed. I would not have been able to further my career had I not addressed it when we took care of it, but it's something that I played with the better half of the end of the season. I probably played a third of the season last year, including the postseason, with this particular ailment. It's tough to officially know that I'm not going to be starting the 2012 season. I'm not going to be able to go out there and participate and play the game that I love and play with my teammates. It's tough.

Q: You did not have a setback? Did they say that it was slow to heal?
A: There was no setback. We've been making steady progress since the surgical procedure. I think they I know that I'm pleased with the way it's recovering. I feel like they are as well, but they want to be smart. They want to be cautious. That's going to be tough more for me because I'm not able to play, play the game that I love.

Q: Rocky seems like he's going to be stepping into that role. Do you see any issues with him handling that?
A: No issues at all. When you look at the performance last year and you look at the play count last year, for the majority of the season it was Rocky, Linval and myself rotating at defensive tackle and we all pretty much played the same amount of snaps. It's not like he can't handle the load. You look at his performance throughout training and in the preseason, this is probably the best I've seen him look in person.

Q: You think Hendricks and Kuhn will pick up the load too?
A: I'm sure. Both of those guys have had strong performances in the preseason and they're picking up on the learning curve. They're understanding what this game is about. I'm excited to see what those guys can do production-wise. We've seen glimpses of it in the preseason. They're going to become more consistent as they get more snaps playing. It's exciting to see their development.

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