TE to seek second opinion before treatment

Updated: June 14, 2004, 10:52 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tests on the right foot of two-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey have found a "hot spot" that is causing concern among the New York Giants.

Jeremy Shockey
Shockey

Team doctors have made a recommendation on how to treat the injury, but Shockey is probably going to get a second opinion, coach Tom Coughlin said Monday after the team finished a minicamp workout.

When Shockey had surgery on his left knee in February, he went outside the team and had it performed by Dr. John Uribe, the University of Miami team surgeon.

"Once all the information is collected then the decision will be made as far as the direction we are going to go," said Coughlin, who wants treatment to start as soon as possible.

Orthopedic surgeons said hot spots may lead to surgery in some cases although rest is an option in some.

The Giants open training camp in late July.

Coughlin did not provide specific information on the injury, which is to the same foot that bothered Shockey last season.

Shockey, who missed two minicamp workouts Wednesday, was not at the minicamp on Monday because a flight he was to take from a wedding he attended over the weekend was canceled.

Shockey, who had 48 catches for 535 yards last season despite missing seven games, is one of three injured tight ends on the team. Marcellus Rivers has a hernia and Darnell Dinkins has a broken foot.

"There is no question everyone wants him in the huddle," quarterback Kurt Warner said of Shockey. "We know what he brings to the table and we are praying and believing it is the best case scenario and we are going to have him out there as soon as possible. He is going to be a difference maker for us this year."

Shockey has battled injuries in his two NFL seasons. A toe injury bothered him early in his rookie season, when he had 74 catches for 894 yards, and the foot bothered him until the left knee injury ended his season in November of this year.


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