Kiwanuka suddenly cleared to return to football

News of the demise of Mathias Kiwanuka was greatly exaggerated it turns out.

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said this morning that Kiwanuka’s neck injury that sidelined him last October could potentially end his career.

A couple hours later, Reese has a different story and the defensive end’s career is back on track.

“After I spoke to the media this morning at the combine, I had a conversation with (head trainer) Ronnie Barnes, who confirmed for me that last night we did receive the final written evaluation that gives Mathias medical clearance to return to the field,” Reese said in a statement the club released, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “The consensus of all of the spine physicians and Dr. (Russ) Warren is that it is safe for Mathias to return to play. I have talked to Mathias and he is fully committed to returning to football.”

Kiwanuka, 27, suffered a herniated disc last season. He didn’t require surgery but has been seeking medical input since. Coach Tom Coughlin was upbeat on Friday but Reese cast serious doubt on his future. Now, the Giants have their stories aligned.

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