EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Henry Hynoski today took a big step toward his goal of playing in the season opener in Dallas.
The Giants’ third-year fullback passed his physical and was removed from the physically unable to perform list. He is eligible to participate in practice beginning today.
In addition, the Giants reached the 90-man roster limit by signing rookie tackle Austin Holtz.
Hynoski has been sidelined since May 22 (three months ago today), when he suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau in his left knee in the Giants’ first organized team activity. He underwent surgery two days later and has since tirelessly rehabilitated his leg.
In a statement released by the Giants the day after he was injured, Hynoski said, “I am going to set my mind to being ready for the first game of the regular season.” That is not guaranteed, but barring a setback he can practice for 2½ weeks before the Giants face the Cowboys.
In his first two seasons, Hynoski played in 27 regular-season games with 15 starts and in four postseason games with three starts. His totals include 23 receptions for 133 yards (5.8-yard avg.), with a long reception of 14 yards and one touchdown, and five rushing attempts for 20 yards.
In 2012, Hynoski played in all 16 games with 11 starts at fullback. He caught 11 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown and had five rushing attempts for 20 yards. Hynoski was the first Giants fullback with more than one carry in a season since Jim Finn in 2006.
Holtz, 6-4 and 301 pounds, was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions out of Ball State on May 2. He played some snaps at left tackle in the Lions’ preseason opener vs. the Jets on Aug. 9 and was waived on Monday.
Holtz started 32 games in his four-year career at Ball State, including 12 in 2012.
Source: New York Giants Media