New Giants TE Kyle Rudolph assured that he won’t “miss any football” after undergoing foot surgery this offseason after New York’s medical staff caught an injury after offering a two-year, $14 million deal to the veteran.
“As far as football goes, I was extremely fortunate that the Giants organization and everyone involved [caught it], and how they were able to handle my situation, that I won’t miss any football,” Rudolph said, via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “At this point it’s about taking each day and taking that opportunity to not only get myself healthy but get myself better. It’s one thing to get and be healthy, it’s another to be ready to go and play in an NFL game. So I’m taking that day by day.”
Rudolph was non-committal about being available for the start of training camp and added that he’s following the team’s plans in order to recover in time for the regular season.
“I want to do everything to make sure I’m getting better every single day, and whatever that is is up to Joe, [offensive coordinator] Jason [Garrett], [director of rehabilitation] Leigh [Weiss] and everybody else involved,” Rudolph said.
When speaking about his foot surgery, Rudolph explains that he felt “completely fine” at the end of last season and intended on returning in time for the 2020 playoffs if Minnesota qualified.
“I had no symptoms. I didn’t feel anything,” Rudolph said. “I felt completely fine coming out of last season. After I rehabbed [a foot injury during the 2020 season], I was anticipating coming back for the last game of the year and then playing through the playoffs. Unfortunately that didn’t work out for us as a team last year in Minnesota, so there were no playoffs.”
Rudolph feels fortunate that the Giants’ doctors were able to catch his foot issue back in March ahead of the offseason program.
“Then I continued with my offseason as if I was completely healthy,” Rudolph said. “So I was extremely fortunate the Giants medical staff was able to find this in March and it isn’t something where I came back here all fired up for OTAs in June and then hurt myself and put myself at risk for missing football games.”
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