Doc's mistake slows Taylor

Jamaar Taylor isn't exactly thrilled having to stand on the sideline and watch the numerous other receivers participate during minicamp. He wouldn't have to if Dr. James Andrews hadn't messed up Taylor's knee surgery a year-and-a-half back.

While Tom Coughlin explained the second-year receiver's recent knee scope as cleaning up scar tissue, Taylor admitted it was a little more than that.

"The first surgery I had wasn't done the right way," he said. "The surgery was off. The ACL was put too forward, it was banging against the knee. It wasn't even working properly."

As a result, Taylor played all last season in pain, a direct result of the flawed procedure.

"I didn't have full extension in my knee, and I pretty much had to fight through it all season," he said.

Taylor thought he was in the clear once workouts resumed last week, but his knee was as sore as ever after one of the first sessions.

"Once it started getting sore again during these workouts, I knew I had to do something about it," he said.

After Taylor underwent an MRI, Giants team physician Dr. Russ Warren determined what was askew and cleaned everything up. The normal recovery from the procedure, which was performed on May 24, is four-to-six weeks, which would have Taylor fully ready to go once camp opens on July 28.

"This wasn't a major deal, just fixing a job that wasn't done correctly," Taylor added. "Now I'll have full extension so hopefully I won't be playing with pain like I did all last season."

Taylor said he didn't plan any action against the Birmingham-based doctor.

"It's something that weighed more on me mentally than anything," he said. "But what can you do? You just have to roll with the punches."

The speedy Taylor, who caught six passes in eight games last season, is hopeful that he'll be even quicker come July.

"I was running with a half-step last season and I thought I was pretty fast," New York's sixth-round pick from 2004 said. "I have all training camp to make an impression.

"Hopefully now it'll be even better."

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