While JPP has been rehabbing and taking time away from the New York Giants, a few of his linemates have stepped up throughout OTA’s, training camp, and the preseason. Robert Ayers has been the source of a gratuitous amount of praise from the coaching staff on his development, however he wasn’t able to play in the Saturday night preseason game against the Jets due to a pregame warm-up injury.
The seventh year pro aggravated his ankle during routine warm-ups before the start of the game. While the injury withheld Ayers from the game, the impact of the injury appears to be minimal.
“I’ll be alright,” said Ayers. “As far as what happened, that’s a tricky question that’d I’d rather not try to get into. But I’ll be alright. We’re going to manage everything and keep everything on the positive side and try to get better.”
Ayers remained aloof and vague regarding the injury throughout the entirety of the interview, leaving it up to question as to what exactly triggered the injury. While he was mum about how the injury occurred, Ayers did describe some of his emotions when the ankle pain occurred.
“Kind of just frustrated,” said Ayers. “Because you know, it was a big game for us as a team and organization. And especially with the cross town rival. So I definitely wanted to be out there with my guys. Kind of angry, it was an unfortunate situation.”
Obviously any professional athlete is upset when they sustain an injury, regardless of the level of severity. The Giants ending up losing the Snoopy Bowl to their shared-stadium rivals, but at the end of the day it was just a preseason outing. Ayers, the former Bronco, was asked if he would have been able to suit if it was a regular season outing.
“I’d rather not answer that,” said Ayers. “In this league, you’ve got to be able to play through injuries, you have to be able to play through pain and things like that. I feel like I’ve been able to do that throughout my career a lot.”
Ayers’ grit shouldn’t be questioned as the injury was clearly enough to hold him out of the lineup, and the coaching staff was wise to let Ayers rest to overt further aggravation of the injury, while also getting some of the depth on the defensive line get some reps in a game environment,
Ayers is currently listed as day-to-day, and is questionable to suit up against the New England Patriots. Unless another incident occurs, Ayers will be fully healthy for week 1 against Dallas.