After what could have been a serious blow to the already struggling special teams unit, kicker Lawrence Tynes is walking fine and listed as day to day.
On Saturday’s preseason game against the Panthers, Tynes was hit in the leg during a blocked kick by linebacker Sean Carr. It appeared to be a knee injury to his kicking leg, and Tynes was seen walking with crutches. Testing has come back negative and concluded it is just a minor thigh injury.
It is not known yet if he will be ready to go against the Bears on Monday. In the meantime, punters Matt Dodge and Steve Weatherford are practicing kickoffs and field goals, although the Giants may look to free agency for a temporary solution to this problem.
This is a big relief considering how much special teams has struggled since last season. Tynes is one of the few reliable players in that group. But this has brought up an interesting twist to the battle for punter. Dodge has college experience in kickoffs, and has filled this role in practice as well. Is it possible that the Giants will see value in his versatility, something they love to see in players, and actually choose him over Weatherford? As if Giants fans are not up in arms already over some of the personel decisions, this could throw everyone over the edge if it were to happen.
What do you think, could this injury bring Dodge closer to winning his job back?