LaVar Missed

As excited as Antonio Pierce was to start training camp, he did so with mixed emotions. For the first time since LaVar Arrington was the second overall selection in the 2000 Draft, Pierce's buddy will not be playing football this summer – or likely this season, at all.

"He's doing good, doing good," Pierce told TGI.

"He's recovering. He's in better spirits. He's actually in great spirits surprisingly. We were going back and forth text-messaging. I actually talked to him (Friday) night and he wished me luck. It was kind of sad that he wasn't here."

Arrington was released by the Giants this offseason and then got into a motorcycle accident before he could find himself a new team. Pierce said Arrington's recovery from a serious leg injury is going as expected.

"As far as the injury, he's healing as anyone else would with broken bones; there's a time process," he said. "But he's excited about his family and the life he has going on right now."

Despite the common perception that the accident might end Arrington's career, Pierce warned football fans not to believe the hype.

"Definitely not this year," Pierce said about Arrington's return to the field. "But I wouldn't count that guy out. He was born to be a football player. That's in his blood. Talking to him it sounded like he was about to drive up here or go to somebody's camp and try to play. That's LaVar. I wouldn't doubt that he would be on the field next year."

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