There's no doubt Brandon Jacobs will benefit from the current bye week after missing two games with a sprained left MCL.
But that doesn't mean he'll be back for Miami next week. He's not going to take the field again, he said, until the knee is 100 percent thanks to the lesson he learned from playing through a knee injury in 2009.
"No question about it and I will not do that again -- point blank," Jacobs said. "I knew (in 2009) I wasn’t fully healthy, but I still went out there and tried to help the team as much as I can. It only ended up hurting me in the end. You can bet my bottom dollar that is definitely not going to happen to me (again)."
Jacobs said that previous injury to his right knee, which eventually needed surgery, stands as a reminder to him not to play hurt. And when you think about it, it isn't worth it. Jacobs had a horrible season in '09, and drew a load of criticism for it as people questioned everything from his lack of explosiveness to the types of runs he was being asked to execute.
This time around, he said the swelling is almost all gone and that he fully expects to play against Miami after another week of treatment.
Still, he's not going to rush things.
"I want it to go all the way where I don’t feel nothing at all," he said, "because if I go out there and feel a little pain, then it’s not helping myself or the football team."
The Giants could certainly use Jacobs back ASAP, as DJ Ware has not been to provide the kind of bruising change-of-pace Jacobs offers behind starter Ahmad Bradshaw. Even though he has only carried the ball 38 times so far, an average of just over nine carries per game, he could be looking at more work as the season -- and the pounding Bradshaw takes -- wears on.
"I’ll come back and help as much as I can with what I get," he said. "I’m looking forward to helping as much as I can with the chances I’m given."
Whether that means he's in there for Miami is another story. The pain in his knee will continue to determine his availability.