Wayne Hunter was not in attendance at the Tuesday night practice at MetLife Stadium, but this had nothing to do with his status on the team. Per coach Ryan, Hunter was at team meetings earlier in the day, and after a private conversation, Hunter was excused from the practice. After repeated attempts to find out whether the conversation, the approved absence from practice was performance related, Rex had this to say:
Again guys, it’s personal. I’m not going to get in to (the discussion) with Wayne and I. I’ll just say he was here for meetings and I was ok with him missing practice today.
Remember a few things here. Just because they aren’t looking for a tackle, doesn’t mean that Wayne Hunter is guaranteed the starting job. They do have Austin Howard on the roster, who has taken a fair percentage of first team snaps, even when Hunter is at practice. The battle is not over yet.
Secondly, cuts are coming. Tackles will be among those cuts. They may not be looking now, but the right guy might get cut in the coming weeks.