ALBANY - At first glance, it appears all is right with Jason Sehorn, who can be seen out on the field, practicing with his teammates. Other times, though, Sehorn stays on the side, watching. All is not yet right with one of the Giants starting cornerbacks.
Sehorn continues to battle through the after-effects of surgery on his right knee, and on this day he made a rare appearance at the team cafeteria during the lunch period.
Sehorn stopped to chat and said he cannot set a timetable for when he will be able to return to full strength following off-season surgery n his right knee.
Asked what level of confidence he has that he will be ready to start at cornerback in the Sept. 5 regular-season opener against the 49ers, Sehorn said "Zero.''
Sehorn is participating in one of the two practices each day at training camp, a full year after he first noticed that his right knee was filling up with fluid. He played the entire season with the creaky knee and then endured a unique procedure to repair a micro-fracture underneath his kneecap that in essence created a hole in his knee. The area inside Sehorn's knee was irritated to cause the bone to calcify, and, hopefully, to fill in the space.
The surgery caused Sehorn's right leg to atrophy and he has just begun to regain the strength he needs to compete.
"There's just no strength,'' Sehorn said. "If you look at my chicken leg, there's just no muscle. It feels not right. In three weeks if I'm still dealing with the same issues and I don't feel much better, as time shrinks obviously you get more concerned about it.''
With five pre-season games set for the Giants, Sehorn has ample opportunity to prepare for the real thing, but he concedes he must get his leg into shape before he puts himself on the field.
"I won't even try to play like this,'' said Sehorn, who weighs 207 pounds, the lightest he's been since high school. "I'm not going to go embarrass myself. I've done enough of that.''
With Sehorn on the mend, Will Peterson moves up into a starting spot and Ralph Brown gets bumped up to the No. 3 cornerback.
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Several rookies were "asked'' to get up on a chair and sing to the veterans during lunch. The sounds coming out of the cafeteria were not pleasant on the ears.