New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers will miss the National Football League season because of a blood clot in his left calf.
Rogers, a 12-year NFL veteran who was signed by the Giants in April, was seen in New York by the Giants’ doctor, Russell Warren, and vascular surgeon John Karwowski, the team said in a news release. Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters on Aug. 14 that the condition was season-ending because it will require blood-thinning drugs that will preclude Rogers from contact.
“You can’t take a chance on some kind of bleeding that is undetected, so it’s just a sad thing,” Coughlin said.
Rogers, 33, played all 16 games last season for the New Orleans Saints, making four starts. He had 14 tackles and no sacks. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Rogers played his first seven seasons with the Detroit Lions and three with the Cleveland Browns before joining the Saints.
Defensive tackle Martin Parker has a herniated disc in his back that will require surgery, the Giants also said. Parker missed last season because of a foot injury.
Defensive tackle Chris Canty, who started every game for the Giants last season as they beat the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl, is on the physically unable to perform list following offseason knee surgery.
Canty told reporters he was unsure when he will return to action.
“We knew this was going to be a long process,” he said. “Obviously, I didn’t think it was going to be this long, but I think we’re being smart about it, taking the right approach. It’s important for me to do everything that I can do physically to make sure that when I do get the clearance to step out there on the field, I’m ready to go.”
Defensive tackle Marvin Austin also was in New York to have a back issue examined, according to the team.
“I thought we were as deep there as we were at any position on the team and it’s not that way right now,” said Coughlin, who added that the Giants were looking for other defensive tackles to bring into camp.