Injury Update: FB Hynoski eyes Week 1 return

After a gruesome knee injury suffered during OTAs in May, Giants' fullback Henry Hynoski is ahead of his rehab schedule and could make a return to the field as early as Week 1 when New York travels to Dallas for its regular season opener.

While the Giants have evolved with the rest of the NFL into a high-octane passing offense under quarterback Eli Manning, New York is still a team that places great value in the running game. That's why it was a major setback when Henry Hynoski suffered a lateral plateau fracture in his left knee during OTAs in May.

The injury – which occurred during 11-on-11 drills when Hynoski collided with Andre Brown – threatened to make the Pittsburgh alum unavailable for the start of the regular season. However, the Newark Star-Ledger first reported that Hynoski is still on track to be healthy for the start of the regular season on September 8.

Medical reports on Hynoski have been bery positive, and a source told the Star Ledger that he is actually ahead of schedule in the rehabilitation process. That's good news for Giants fans, who have grown accustomed to Hynoski providing solid blocking over the past two seasons for an ever-changing stable of running backs.

Since Hynoski is currently the only official fullback on New York's roster, it looks like tight end Bear Pascoe will assume the fullback duties once training camp starts, unless the Giants choose to go outside the organization for help. Although Pascoe could provide a nice pass-catching option out of the backfield in the mold of James Casey, the team has reportedly been interested in bringing in veteran free agent fullback Vonta Leach. Leach is a three-time All-Pro player and spent the 2012 season with the Baltimore Ravens.

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