EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York Giants guard Rich Seubert has beaten the odds before in overcoming a major injury and returning to the NFL.
The 32-year-old is ready to do it again, provided the league solves its labor dispute and reaches a new collective bargaining agreement with the players.
With the two sides waiting Wednesday for a federal judge in Minneapolis to decide whether to stay her own ruling that ended the lockout, Seubert visited the team's headquarters to talk with the coaches and support staff, and to wish offensive line coach Pat Flaherty a happy birthday.
Seubert, who had surgery on his right knee in January to repair a torn patella tendon, a medial collateral ligament and to fill a gap in his cartilage, is hopeful that he will be ready for the season, again, if there is one.
"I want to play," he said. "I wouldn't be going through the rehab I'm going through now if I didn't want to play. For me, I'm putting all this work in, let's be rewarded by playing football."
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