Giants fans now have more reason for hope that the team’s injuries will be less of an issue in 2015. During the previous two seasons, New York’s playoff chances have been sabotaged by a variety of maladies suffered by key players. Stars like Prince Amukamara, Rashad Jennings, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Beason, and Stevie Brown have all missed time over the past two years, which has contributed to the Giants being one of the most injured teams in the NFL in 2013 and 2014.
It’s possible that the Giants see the injuries decrease due to random chance in 2015, but they’re also taking matters into their own hands by appointing a new head physician. Starting this year, Dr. Scott Rodeo will serve that role. He previously served as the team’s associate physician from 2000 to 2014.
Prior to Rodeo taking over as head physician, that job was held by Dr. Russell F. Warren since 1984. He’ll be staying with the Giants as the emeritus team physician.
“Russ Warren has been an integral part of our team for more than 31 years,” said Giants team president John Mara. “The care he has given to our players and staff over that period has been nothing short of extraordinary. We are delighted that he will continue to make his skills and expertise available to us this season and hopefully for years to come.”
As one of the only members of New York’s staff who has been on hand for all four Super Bowl titles, Dr. Warren is a very important part of the Giants who is respected by the whole organization.
“Dr. Warren is the best in the business,” said veteran quarterback Eli Manning. “He’s been doing this a long time and he’s an important part of the Giants organization. He’s a guy I’ve seen a lot in my 11, going on 12, years about everything. He put 12 stitches in my head, and I’ve seen him for numerous things over the years. I trust his opinion and his expertise. It’s good he’ll still be around, because I know he loves being part of the team and being there on game day.”
As a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Medical College, Dr. Rodeo will hopefully do just as good a job as Dr. Warren at keeping the Giants’ most important player on the field. Under Dr. Warren’s watch, Manning never missed an NFL game. For the team to have a chance at the playoffs in 2015, that trend will probably have to continue.
If the rest of the players stay healthy as well, that will be considered a nice bonus.