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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski hopes to return for the team's regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, but is aware it might not happen.
The Southern Columbia and Pittsburgh University grad is recovering from surgery on his left knee after being injured during OTAs earlier this year.
"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 on Tuesday to ESPN. "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."
According to the former Tiger, the injury occurred during non-contact drills when he was blocking a linebacker and got rolled up on. Hynoski was hit in the side of his leg and went down. He called it "a freak accident."
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 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 to ESPN.