Giants veteran DT Canty upset he won’t start year

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Defensive tackle Chris Canty chose his words carefully after the New York Giants put him on the reserve-physically unable to perform list to start the 2012 season.

The eight-year veteran never said he disagreed with the move that will sideline him for at least six games. The 29-year-old lineman, however, made it clear on Monday that the Giants and their medical staff decided that his surgically repaired knee needed more time to heal.

It was their decision, not his. In fact, Canty insisted he is close to being ready. But either way, he cannot suit up until at least Oct. 18, when New York takes on Washington.

The Giants open the season Sept. 5 vs. Dallas.