Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Art Stapleton of The Record reported on Geoff Schwartz's status:
The Giants have officially announced the signing of OL Adam Snyder and placed Geoff Schwartz on IR with designation to return. #NYG— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) September 3, 2014
Paul Schwartz of The New York Post had more on Schwartz:
Giants have placed Geoff Schwartz. on short-term IR and signed OL Adam Snyder. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 3, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
NFL Network's Kimberly Jones has an update on the Giants' potential plans for Schwartz:
As NYG cut roster to 53, I'm told it's likely -- but not certain -- they'll use short term IR on Geoff Schwartz. If so, return = Week 9.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) August 29, 2014
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News added more:
G Geoff Schwartz (toe) hopes the Giants don't put him on short-term IR, which would keep him out 8 weeks: "I hope to be back before then."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 29, 2014
Art Stapleton of The Record had more on a potential timeline:
Tom Coughlin re: Geoff Schwartz's suggested 3-4 wk recovery. Says he would add some time to that. Short-term IR for 8 wks clear possibility.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 29, 2014
Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports further examination showed a dislocated right big toe. The ailment will force the guard to wear a walking boot for at least a week before moving onto the next step of the rehabilitation process:
Giants guard Geoff Schwartz had his dislocated right big toe examined by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte yesterday afternoon. Following the examination, it was determined that Schwartz will remain in a walking boot for approximately 7-10 days and then begin a rehabilitation program. After that, he will be evaluated on a week to week basis regarding his ability to return to football activities.
The release also included comments from the prized free-agent signing, who didn't sound overly concerned about the long-term impact: "This is just a minor setback. I plan on attacking the rehab program so I can get back on the field as soon as possible with my teammates and help us win games."
Although he remains confident he'll be able to make a relatively quick recovery, the week-to-week designation suggests it could take awhile to fully heal. The Giants aren't going to take any unnecessary chances after signing him to a sizable contract during the offseason.
It's a worrisome loss for a Giants offensive line that was a point of emphasis after last year. Schwartz was brought in to serve as one of the anchors, but now, they must try to replace him for an undetermined amount of time.
Jordan Raanan of NJ.com provided remarks from head coach Tom Coughlin, who laid out some of the options available: "Weston Richburg has been in there. John Jerry has been in there now, played substantially [Friday] night. Dallas Reynolds has played guard as well. We will continue to operate in that fashion and hopefully there will be no setback. Hopefully we'll just continue [moving forward]."
Who is the best option to replace Schwartz?
None of those options are nearly as reliable as Schwartz, though. Question marks along the line are always a major concern at this stage of the preseason because there isn't much time to solve any problems. The Giants will likely test out a few different options in the exhibition finale.
The hope will be Schwartz is able to make rapid strides once he gets out of the boot and doesn't miss much regular-season time. Until he's ready, New York is going to count on a patchwork group doing enough to keep the offense from losing its rhythm, as was often the case last year.