The Giants are off on Tuesday,?but will be back at practice tomorrow and many of the injured players are expected to return for duty. WR Victor Cruz (calf), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion), OT Ereck Flowers (ankle) and DE Robert Ayers, Jr. (hamstring) are all expected to participate on Wednesday. Also due back is rookie DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot) who has been inactive for the first three games of the season.
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McCoy was held to 18 rushing yards in the team's Week 3 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday as he has been battling a hamstring injury.
Rodgers-Cromartie suffered the injury on the second snap of the team's loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. He returned in the second quarter, but took a hit to the head as he?attempted to make a tackle and missed the rest of the game.
The Giants are cramming for their latest test, a game against the very physical Washington Redskins (1-1) on Thursday night. The Giants are 0-2 and probably should be at least 1-1, perhaps even 2-0, after squandering fourth-quarter leads in both game in historic fashion.
The Giants' 0-2 start has come with some interesting sidebars. They have actually played seven quarters of effective football and could have won both games. But fate would not have it. They let their guard down against two opponents that had the capacity to beat them, and so it goes.
The Giants were in better spirits today, knowing they aren't the only team in their division going through some rough times. A win vs Washington this coming Thursday will bring their record up to 1-2, tying them with the Redskins and pulling in front of the 0-2 Eagles. The 2-0 Cowboys are facing a trying season with QB Tony Romo (clavicle) and WR Dez Bryant (foot) each expected to miss more than two months.
The Giants are facing a short week, with two games in five days this week. First, they will host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and then the Redskins will be coming in right behind them on Thursday. It will be a real challenge for a team that has yet to field it's full starting lineup this year and hasn't been able to gel on either side of the ball.
?If it were up to me, I would love to be back at some point within the next two weeks, whether it be Thursday (Sept. 24 against Washington) or the following game, but we'll see," Cruz said at an appearance in Manhattan. "That's just me speaking. That's not the training staff or the doctors [saying] things like that."
In an interview with The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas, Jones spoke about what?he felt about being cut from the Giants and Raiders before returning to Green Bay, where he spent his first seven seasons.
The Giants have always been known for their conservative, all-business approach in running the day-to-day operations. They have essentially been the model NFL franchise. Even through all the off-field hiccups in the past, e.g. Plaxico Burress, the Giants' brass has taken the high road more often than not.
Now this is a case of who said what, and why 13-year veteran QB Eli Manning a) didn't know how many time outs the Cowboys had left and b) why he decided to throw the ball out of bounds, stopping the clock.
1.) In addition to taking responsibility for the team's failure to run down the clock on their de facto final drive, Coughlin was disappointed about the defense's play on Dallas' final two drives. "We didn?t give them much opposition," Coughlin said. "They had a six-play, 76 yard drive and later a six-play, 72 yard drive."
The Giants have a lot of questions to answer this season, on both sides of the ball as the Giants go into Sunday night's opener in Dallas. There are a lot of new faces and missing pieces and wealth of young talent they hope will gel sooner rather than later.
Thursday, the Giants' three coordinators, OC Ben McAdoo, DC Steve Spagnuolo and STC Tom Quinn, were made available to the media to talk about the state of their respective units as the club gears up for its?season debut Sunday night in Dallas.
It's a whole ballgame out at QDTC ?these days when it comes to practicing during the regular season. A normal week used to be practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but no more.?Thursday's workouts are longer and Fridays will be dedicated "recovery" days.
The Giants filled their last two practice squad openings today with the addition of QB?G.J. Kinne and LB?Gerald Rivers. They will join DE Brad Bars, OT Emmett Cleary, WR Julian Talley, LB Cole Farrand, CB CJ Conley, DT Montori Hughes, OL Adam Gettis and TE Will Tye on the list.
The Giants decided to cut some fan favorites on Saturday as they trimmed their roster to the mandatory 53 players. Some cuts were difficult for head coach Tom Coughlin, but cap issues also had a hand in some of the moves.
Among those cut include wide receivers?James Jones and?Corey Washington,?linebacker?Jameel McClain, safety?Jeromy Miles, fullback?Henry Hynoski and cornerback?Chykie Brown.
The final preseason game for the Giants wasn't a masterpiece by any stretch, a 12-9 field goal fest that featured some starters that needed work and showcased the back end of the roster. Several hopefuls made their case last night while others did not.
What is the deal with Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, you ask? Well, it's ten days from opening day and he's nowhere to be found. On Tuesday, the Giants placed the former All-Pro?on the reserve/franchise player list, which means he's no longer on their active roster.
Are Giant fans in for a long season? From what we've seen so far, yes. The overall health of the team is worse than it was a year ago, and key players such as WR Victor Cruz, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, MLB Jon Beason and LT Will Beatty are either missing time or going to miss time.
Many are worried the old synergy he had with QB Eli Manning has eroded and will take some time to reform.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul is not on the roster at this time because he has not signed his franchise tender. Whether or not he is ready to play, it is likely he will be placed on NFI (non-football injury list) when he signs, therefore missing the first six games of the season.
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