Mara's triumphant return

One by one, most of the prominent Giants went over and wished Giants owner Wellington Mara well. The Giants patriarch had surgery three weeks ago to remove cancerous lymph nodes from under his arm and his neck.

"They think they got it all out," Giants VP John Mara said. "Overall, he has a very good prognosis."

Mara took in most of both practices on the Giants first day of veteran minicamp, something his son said was a definite goal. "He had this date targeted," the younger Mara said.

John Mara said the recovery, as expected, was going to take some time – and that his father was growing a little impatient with the whole process.

"He's frustrated he hasn't gotten better as quickly as he'd like, but he's 88 years old," he said. "Each day I see him it seems like he's better."

The scary procedure in the past, John Mara was able to have a little fun regarding his father's condition.

"We list him as probable for the first game," Mara joked.

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