Chris Snee, an anchor on the Giants’ offensive line for the past decade, was placed on injured reserve on Friday, ending his season, and told reporters that he is likely to have hip surgery.
“I’ve always been able to play through things, but clearly I couldn’t,” Snee said. “The best thing for me is to watch my team play and get my hip right.”
Snee, 31, will have his hip examined by Dr. Bryan Kelly on Saturday. The guard suffered a torn labrum in his right hip sometime in the Giants’ first few games. He said Friday that he does not want to conjecture about whether the injury could end his career.
“I’m just trying to get over the frustration of this,” he said. “I’ll deal with the surgery and the rehab and think about that later.”
Snee, who was a second-round pick in 2004, had missed only one game since his rookie season before sitting out last Sunday’s loss in Kansas City.
He came into camp this year hoping to play after offseason surgery on his left hip. Instead, he started having problems with the right hip and has not practiced with the team since the Week 3 loss at Carolina.
“I’ve always been a guy that by Friday I can suit up and play,” he said. “Secretly I was hoping I’d wake up and things would be different and I’d respond to the medicine, and it just didn’t happen. It’s frustrating, just a new situation for me.”
With Snee out, the Giants likely will turn to veteran David Diehl at right guard. Diehl, who will make his season debut tomorrow against the Eagles, missed the first four games after undergoing thumb surgery.
Snee’s placement on injured reserve creates a roster spot for linebacker Jon Beason, who was acquired from the Panthers in a trade Thursday night. The Giants believe that Beason, who has suffered a string of injuries the past three seasons, will be able to play for them this season.
Snee, the son-in-law of coach Tom Coughlin, weighed retirement during the offseason before undergoing surgery. A source close to Snee said he plans to return in 2014. With a hefty salary-cap number, injury concerns and one year left on his contract, however, the Giants might not be receptive to that.
One solution would be a pay cut similar to the ones Corey Webster and Diehl took this past offseason to play out the final years of their current contracts.