Defensive end Brandon Graham, last year's No. 1 draft pick, hinted that he might not play again this season.
Graham has played in only two games since last December after having microfracture surgery on his knee to help repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
"They want me for the long haul, so it's probably like, next year," said Graham, the No. 13 overall draft pick in 2010. "I'm disappointed, but at the same time, I'm not really worried about it because I understand what they're trying to do."
Graham has not been formally told he will sit out the rest of the way, he said, and players don't always know the team's plans.
Reid said Graham looked better last week than the week before.
"He's coming off, again, major surgery," Reid said before Graham spoke to reporters. "He's had some good snaps."
But Reid hasn't seen fit to play Graham the last four weeks. Graham was inactive in three of those games. He dressed but didn't play in Seattle.
Graham pointed to teammate Steve Smith, who was recently placed on injured reserve after aggravating his own knee injury. Smith is also coming back from microfracture surgery.
"I know it's them really trying to protect me," Graham said. "But it's like, man, I just want to play."
Graham knows he is being compared with Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants defensive end drafted two slots later who has emerged as a force. Pierre-Paul has 121/2 sacks and blocked a field goal to preserve a Giants win Sunday. Graham rattled off the numbers himself.
"That boy been balling. I can't say nothing, other than control what I can, and that's get better and live up to my expectations," Graham said. "Next year is going to be that year."
Herremans, Jenkins sit
Tackle Todd Herremans (ankle), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (groin) and defensive end Darryl Tapp (ribs) all sat out practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) was limited after he couldn't finish Sunday's game.
Tapp said he hopes to play, but that it will depend on how his broken rib heals.
"Coming home on the plane was terrible, but it [has] gotten way better very quickly," Tapp said.
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