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|Aug. 14 3:04 PM PT4:04 PM MT5:04 PM CT6:04 PM ET6:04 PM CST-The New York Giants placed Olivea on season-ending injured reserve with a back injury Thursday.
Analysis: The Giants took a gamble on Olivea last month, signing the four-year veteran just days before training camp and days after he finished a rehabilitation stint at the Betty Ford Center in California for an addiction to pain killers. Olivea admitted he played while addicted last season with the San Diego Chargers. He lost his starting job midway through last season and was released after the season ended.
|Jun. 28 1:21 PM PT2:21 PM MT3:21 PM CT4:21 PM ET4:21 PM CST-Recently signed New York Giants offensive tackle Shane Olivea said Monday that he was addicted to painkillers while playing for the San Diego Chargers last season.
Analysis: The 26-year Olivea lost his starting job at right tackle in midseason and was eventually released by the Chargers in February, a move he said he asked the team to make. Olivea said that he did not confront his problem until his family intervened in April, about a week before the NFL Draft. He was treated at the Betty Ford Center in California.
|Feb. 28 5:11 PM PT6:11 PM MT7:11 PM CT8:11 PM ET8:11 PM CST-Olivea was released Thursday by the San Diego Chargers, who also parted with All-Pro fullback Lorenzo Neal and safety Marlon McCree in the hours before free agency opened.
Analysis: Olivea played 13 games in 2007, but lost his starting job to Jeromy Clary midway through the season.