Chris Snee’s season is over almost before it ever started. The Giants’ veteran right guard sidelined with a painful hip injury that has forced him to miss the past two games is headed to season-ending injured reserve after his hip failed to respond to rest and therapy. Snee 32 will be examined on Saturday by Dr. Bryan Kelly and acknowledged he almost certainly would require surgery. “I’ve been feeling it for some time now” Snee said Friday. “I’ve always been able to play through things but clearly I couldn’t. I’ve played a lot of games for this team a lot of wear on this body. If I was able to play through something I would.” Snee started the first two games of the season but it was evident he could not compete up to the standard he set for himself as a four-time Pro Bowler. He has been slowed with a partially torn labrum in his left hip an injury that is impeding on his joint causing extreme discomfort. Last season – and for much of the past four years – Snee dealt with labrum issues in his right hip but did not miss any time on the field. He had surgery after the 2012 season to repair the torn labrum and clean up bone spurs in the right hip. A 2004 second-round draft pick out of Boston College Snee played in 138 of 139 games including the postseason from 2005-2012. As he spoke Snee became emotional sometimes struggling for words as he grappled with the reality that his body would no longer allow him to do what he always has been able to will himself to do. “I’ve always been a guy that by Friday I could suit up to play so I was kind of secretly hoping I’d wake up and things would feel different and I would respond to the treatment and the medicine but it just didn’t happen” Snee said. “It’s frustrating. It’s just a new situation for me. I’ve always been able to play through things sometimes things that no one knew about and things I kept to myself but I had to be honest with everyone because it really got to the point where I was doing no good.” It is unclear whether the injury means Snee has played his last game for the Giants. He has contemplated retirement but according to a source Snee was feeling good enough heading into this season to plan on playing out the remainder of his contract which runs through the 2014 season. With the surgery requiring 6-8 months of recovery time Snee would be ready for offseason activities prior to the 2014 season. Still coming to grips with being out for the season the longtime Giants — who also is coach Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law — said he had not begun thinking about how the injury would impact his future.
Giants’ Snee done for season; needs hip surgery
New York Post | Oct 5