EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants right guard Geoff Schwartz was happy with the way the first two days of training camp went, as he took every first-team rep with the offensive line and his recovering ankle held up well. But Schwartz was "sore" Sunday, according to Giants coach Tom Coughlin, and Schwartz spent practice on the sideline while John Jerry took the first-team reps at right guard.
"He was sore, so they held him," Coughlin said Sunday. "We'll see what happens tomorrow. Was it planned? No. It wasn't planned. I'd like to have him practice. But the trainers just said we'd be better off holding him. Maybe he can go tomorrow."
It's troubling because Schwartz, who was one of the Giants' big free-agent signings a year ago, was in and out of training camp practices last year with a toe injury and ended up missing 14 games due to that problem and a significant ankle injury he suffered upon his late-season return. This offseason, the Giants got Schwartz to agree to a $2 million reduction of his 2015 salary, $1.5 million of which he can earn back with per-game roster bonuses. But he has to play to earn those, so he has plenty of incentive to get through camp healthy. Missing the third day of practice unexpectedly isn't the best sign.
Jerry started all 16 games at right guard for the Giants in 2014 and likely would replace Schwartz if he has to miss time again, but the Giants prefer Jerry in a backup role.