Hynoski hopes to be back for season opener

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants fullback Henry Hynoski hopes to be back for the team's regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, but understands that may not happen.

Hynoski is recovering from left knee surgery after he sustained a serious injury during OTAs.

"I'm gonna do everything in my power to get back for the first game -- that's my goal, that's my intention," Hynoski said Tuesday. "But ultimately that decision is not up to me. I just want to get back to playing football at the earliest possible date. Everything's going well in my rehab, making advances and strides every day, and I'm just excited with my progress and I know the trainers are happy where I'm at too."

Hynoski wishes he were putting on his shoulder pads for Tuesday's training camp practice and doing some hitting.

"Now it's getting more frustrating, and today's gonna be tough because they're doing what I love to do today, and that's hit," Hynoski said. "So today's gonna be the hardest day to watch, and I'm sure it's not gonna get easier as camp goes on, but I have an end goal in sight and that's what's keeping me going right now. When things like this happen, I just use it as extra motivation and I'm gonna come back stronger from this than I ever have."

Hynoski explained how the injury occurred.

"We were doing a non-contact drill and I was blocking a linebacker and just kind of got rolled up on, got hit in the side of the leg and went down," he said. "One of those freak accidents. You don't see it happen too often, just was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But that's football, and you can't focus on the negatives, you've gotta focus on the positives, and the positives are I'm gonna be back, I'm gonna be healthy and that's all I'm looking forward to."

Bear Pascoe and Ryan D'Imperio have been taking first-team snaps at fullback with Hynoski out.

Hynoski, who is in all the meetings and studying film and his playbook, said he's currently focused on conditioning and is doing upper body lifting everyday. He's also running on an anti-gravity machine.

"No full weight-bearing yet, but I'm getting to that soon and I'm excited to make more advances in my rehab," Hynoski said.