All the talk of Giants' TE Jeremy Shockey and his future was put to rest on Thursday.
Well, for now anyway.
According to Newsday, Giants' GM Jerry Reese has confirmed that the club will not trade or release the former All-Pro tight end.
"He's our starting tight end,” Reese said. He made no further comments on the issue.
Shockey broke his leg in a late season game against Washington, forcing him to sit and watch as his team pulled off upset after upset on their way to a Super Bowl championship.
Rookie Kevin Boss filled Shockey's role admirably, working well with quarterback Eli Manning and making several pivotal plays in the postseason. The team simply did not seem to miss Shockey.
Also raising questions about injured player’s importance was Manning's sudden increase in productivity and effectiveness in his absence. The vocal and controversial tight end was notorious for openly criticizing his quarterback on and off the field.
But the Giants apparently will stay with Shockey for now.
It remains to be seen if he will conform to team policies and begin to participate in non-voluntary workouts once he gets healthy. He may need to in order to regain favor with Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin.