New York Giants center Weston Richburg is one of just two people who had to have his hands on the football every single time he was on the field. Those hands were not at 100 percent in 2016, according to NJ Advance Media’s James Kratch, who wrote:
“Richburg revealed Thursday during a break from the team’s offseason workouts that he played the entire 2016 season with several torn tendons in his snapping hand. He first suffered the injury in the Giants’ second preseason game against the Bills in August, but gutted through the rest of the preseason, the entire regular season and the Giants’ playoff loss to the Packers before having offseason surgery.”
Football players are known for being tough, but that’s still some next-level work out of Richburg. Just as impressive is the fact that we’re only finding out about the injury now. When a lot of guys try to play hurt, though it may still be impressive, it’s also obvious. He was able to play at a high enough level to keep his job locked down and play the entire year.
Kratch did go on to note that Richburg claims the injury is behind him and he’s already at 100 percent, indicating he won’t have to gut it out through the 2017 season. He shouldn’t even miss any time in camp or during the offseason, he said.
Part of his incentive could be that 2017 is the final year on his contract. In 2014, the Giants took the Colorado State product in the second round of the draft. A good showing in 2017 could net him a far bigger contract than his rookie deal.