---- — By The Daily Item
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Henry Hynoski just might achieve his goal of playing in the New York Giants' season opener.
The third-year fullback, a Southern Columbia graduate, passed a physical and was removed from the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list Thursday.
He did not work out with the team and will not participate in Saturday night's preseason game against the Jets. However, his move from the PUP list means he will not have to miss the first six weeks of the season.
"I'm very happy to be out here with my teammates and just get out here moving around and doing some things," Hynoski told the Giants' official web site. "Obviously, we're starting off slow just doing individuals for a little while and then building up from there on out. It just feels good.
"I knew physically I was going to be OK, but it was more or less getting out here, getting that camaraderie with my teammates, building that bond back with the running backs and we're all excited. They were happy I was back, a lot of good response."
Hynoski had been sidelined since May 22, after suffering an injury to his left knee in the Giants' first organized team activity workout. He had surgery two days later.
The Giants open the season Sept. 8 at Dallas.
"That's my goal," Hynoski told the site, "but if it takes to Week 2 or 3, that's fine. We have a very smart medical staff and trainers and they're going to put me in the right position when they know I'm physically fit to be out there and performing at the best that I can."
Hynoski played in all 16 games last season, starting 11. He rushed five times for 20 yards, caught 11 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, and was lead blocker for an offense that averaged 4.6 rushing yards per atttempt.
"Very (important)" is how Giants coach Tom Coughlin described Hynoski. "There aren't many around. Even today, when you look around in the league, there are not many guys that are 265 (pounds) and have the skill set that Henry has as well."