Some New York Giants have back pain and blame the twin beds they have slept on during training camp in Albany, N.Y.
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Super Bowl champion New York Giants were looking forward to sleeping in their own beds and enjoying the comfort of home after their last practice of training camp Tuesday.
Several players could not wait to escape the college dorms — or, more specifically, the twin beds on which many of them have been sleeping since July 26.
“Everybody’s been complaining about their back because the beds in the dorms are fairly hard,” defensive tackle Linval Joseph said. “My back’s been hurting, too. Like I said, I think it’s just the bed.”
In the midst of absolute “bedlam” involving their gracious hosts at the University at Albany, the Giants were quick to point out the mattresses on which the players sleep are purchased by the team and are not the same ones previously slept on by college students.
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Offensive tackles Will Beatty and James Brewer have been limited in practice, having worked through back pain and tightness all camp, while defensive tackle Marvin Austin was in New York City at the Hospital for Special Surgery for evaluation of his back issue Tuesday morning.
Asked how comfortable his training-camp bed was, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said: “I don’t know. My rear end is bothering me, but it’s not from that.”
At 6 feet 6 and 265 pounds, tight end Martellus Bennett said he was not surprised at the relative uproar about the beds.
“We’re big humans. Every bed is small,” Bennett said. “You can’t put a damn dinosaur in a twin-sized bed. A normal-size human jumps into a regular-size bed and fits perfectly.
“Large, big humans jump in a regular-size bed, the bed’s too small. My back doesn’t hurt. My back feels great. I have a great back.”
Some teammates wish that were the case.
“Is it a surprise that players have problems with dorm beds?” linebacker Spencer Paysinger wrote on Twitter. “Asking 250-350lb players to sleep on twin beds? Lol common sense.”
Meanwhile, the Giants learned defensive lineman Shaun Rogers will miss the season because of a blood clot in his left calf.
Coughlin told The Associated Press: “It’s just a shame. I hate to see (it). Obviously, it’s your health first, and there isn’t any question about that. The only way, I guess, they can control these things are with these drugs, these blood-thinning drugs. Once you do that, obviously you’re done. I mean, you can’t take a chance on some kind of bleeding that is undetected.
“So, it’s just a sad thing.”