According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the veteran defensive tackle will miss the entire season due to a blood clot in his leg:
Tom Coughlin said the blood clot in Shaun Rogers' leg is a season ending injury.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 14, 2012
Rogers was in camp for the Giants in Albany, but he went to Manhattan to see Dr. Russell Warren at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Monday.
The Giants signed Rogers to a one-year deal on the night of the 2012 NFL draft, adding him to their depth of Chris Canty, Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin. With Canty recovering from knee surgery, Rogers had been inserted into the first-team defense, and he even got to start for the Giants in their first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Rogers is a former Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions in 2005. When he was on the Cleveland Browns in 2009, he suffered a broken leg that ended his season. He spent 2011 with the New Orleans Saints, but mostly as a backup and was not brought back for 2012.
Rogers came into camp weighing near the 400-pound mark. He had dropped 50 pounds to get into playing shape, but this recent injury not only ends his season, but as a 33-year old player, potentially his career.
It's a tough break for the Giants and for Rogers, who was looking for one more chance to play at a high level and possibly start in the NFL for a contender. But his season was cut short before it even got started.
With Rogers out, Canty's progress from knee surgery becomes even more important. However, Austin could get a chance to play more on the Giants' first-team defense. Rookie Markus Kuhn could also get a chance to see more playing time as well and move up the depth chart.
Either way, the Giants are now looking for help up front on the line for 2012.
Stay tuned, Giants fans.
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