The Giants lost more than their pride in a 38-0 drubbing at the hands of the Carolina Panthers, they also lost their starting fullback Henry Hynoski for the remainder of the season. Hynoski,in his third-year with the team, underwent left knee surgery back in May, yet battled back to return in time for New York's season opener.
But now Hynoski is down for the count .
Without Eli Manning's top pass blocker out of the backfield, the Giants turned to a familiar face in John Conner to take over the starting role. Conner burst onto the NFL scene in 2010 appearing on HBO's Hard Knocks series featuring training camp with the New York Jets. The former University of Kentucky product, gained special recognition and praise from head coach Rex Ryan who dubbed him "The Terminator" after Arnold Swarzenegger's character of the same name.
The fullback's aggressive style of play earned him league wide notoriety, but it also took a toll on his body. After playing all 32 games in his first two years with the Jets, Conner was released midway through the 2012 season after battling a hamstring strain and MCL sprain.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed Connor during this past offeseason, but ironically released him on this year's version of HBO's Hard Knocks, training camp with the Bengals.
Signed by the Giants this week, Conner is slated for a starting role and could provide a major shot in the arm for an offensive front that has struggled to keep pressure off its quarterback.
Big Blue takes on the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend with its season hanging in the balance.