Giants Kicker Lawrence Tynes Says Increased Production Due to Good Health and Weather

The Star-Ledger—December 15, 2011

Lawrence Tynes came into this season with a career-high of eight touchbacks in one season. With the ball moved up 5 yards on kickoffs, he set a goal of 30 touchbacks by season’s end.

The Giants’ kicker, who had touchbacks on six of seven kickoffs on Sunday, said his production is also due to decent weather for most of the season as well as his being as healthy as he’s been in a few years following three offseason surgeries.

One of them was to repair a hernia suffered in the home loss to the Week 10 loss to the Cowboys. That was in January. One month later, he had bone spurs removed from his left foot. And in March, he had corrective surgery on Haglund’s deformity in his right heel.

Dr. Martin O’Malley at Hospital for Special Surgery did an awesome job,” Tynes said, referring to the surgery on his right foot. “Just wearing that shoe in the months of November and December was painful.”

Tynes said Dr. O’Malley “took a centimeter of my heel bone off that was causing me a lot of discomfort” and moved the Achilles tendon to do so, which is why he required a four-month recovery during the lockout.

“I just don’t have any pain in that foot anymore,” Tynes said. “When your feet feel good, you feel good.”

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