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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard sat out of practice again on Tuesday as he was "not feeling well," per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Shepard was sidelined against the Chiefs on Sunday with migraines, and it appears that he still has them. Trainers will continue "looking at all possibilities" as to why the sophomore receiver is getting them. 

The good news at practice was DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison and DE Olivier Vernon were both at practice, but were limited in what they could do. They were previously out on Monday after both suffering injuries in the win on Sunday. Vernon was said to have a shoulder injury on Sunday, but he was listed with an ankle issue which has bothered him the past few weeks. Harrison is nursing an ankle injury. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe Giants have a very short week, but their injury list remains very long.

Five starters, and one of the replacements for the injured starters, were on the list of Giants who did not practice on Monday as the Giants began their abbreviated preparation for their Thanksgiving night game against the Redskins (4-6) in Washington. That includes two starting offensive linemen who may not play, meaning the Giants could have to reshuffle a line that is already in a constant state of flux.

Justin Pugh was already expected to miss the next few weeks, according to multiple team sources. And now, according to NJ.com, G D.J. Fluker is expected to miss the game on Thursday night, too. That probably means G Jon Halapio would be in line for his first career start, though the Giants also could turn to veteran G John Greco whom they just signed last week.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe Giants have a very short week, but their injury list remains very long.

Five starters, and one of the replacements for the injured starters, were on the list of Giants who did not practice on Monday as the Giants began their abbreviated preparation for their Thanksgiving night game against the Redskins (4-6) in Washington. That includes two starting offensive linemen who may not play, meaning the Giants could have to reshuffle a line that is already in a constant state of flux.

Justin Pugh was already expected to miss the next few weeks, according to multiple team sources. And now, according to NJ.com, G D.J. Fluker is expected to miss the game on Thursday night, too. That probably means G Jon Halapio would be in line for his first career start, though the Giants also could turn to veteran G John Greco whom they just signed last week.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants ruled offensive lineman Justin Pugh and linebacker B.J. Goodson out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to back and ankle injuries, respectively.

New York also listed defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle) and linebacker Devon Kennard (quad) questionable, while linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is doubtful to play due to a groin injury.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants DT Damon Harrison (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were also limited participants.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), and LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed practice for a second-straight day.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were all limited participants.

Pugh will be out for the team's matchup against the Chiefs this Sunday, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Recently signed LB Kelvin Sheppard is already expected to make an impact this week as the Giants take on the 49ers on the road. 

Sheppard was a spectator of the NFL last week, but now, he has a chance to showcase his skills once again with the Giants. It was a quick transition for the 29-year-old who said he got a call Monday from the team. 

"They literally called me (on) Monday," Sheppard told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "And they asked my agent if I would be willing to come up for a workout, and I was like, 'Yep,' and came up, worked out and they signed me after the workout."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Keenan Robinson
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New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo wouldn't use the word "embarrassing" on Sunday. But after watching his defense give up 51 points to the Los Angeles Rams, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo had no problem using that word at all.

"There's a pit right here -- it's called an embarrassing pit," Spagnuolo said on Thursday. "We feel terrible about that and looking to get it corrected."

That might be easy if this were a one-game collapse, but really the Giants' 51-17 loss at home to the Rams was just the bottom (they hope) of an embarrassing season for Spagnuolo's once-proud defense. They were a Top 10 unit one year ago and brought back almost every key player. This year they are statistically the third-worst defense in the NFL and have now given up more than 400 yards in four of their last five games.

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New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LBs B.J. Goodson (ankle), Devon Kennard (quad), and Keenan Robinson (quad) are all listed as out for Sunday's game against the 49ers in San Francisco.

All three players missed practice on Thursday and Friday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is doubtful, while  LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are questionable.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Pierre-Paul missed practice on Thursday, but the team said it was not injury-related.

The defensive end was riding the stationary bike in the injury area at the start of practice on Thursday, before heading inside to work with trainers in the team's field house. It appeared that the trainers were working on his left shoulder -- which would make sense since he had a shoulder injury earlier in the season.

JPP had company on the sidelines, too. Three linebackers were also sitting out practice -- Keenan Robinson (quad), B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Devon Kennard (quad).

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

LB Keenan Robinson and LB Devon Kennard -- both suffering from quad injuries -- joined LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) on the stationary bike along the sidelines during the Giants' practice on Wednesday. Goodson has not played since leaving early during New York's loss to Seattle on Oct. 23 while Robinson left Sunday's game against the Rams.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad) CB Donte Deayon (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle), LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) and DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are listed on the injury report, but were limited participants in practice. 

Vernon has not played since Week 4 and Casillas has not suited up since Week 5. Pugh missed his first game of the season during Sunday's 51-17 loss to the Rams.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

That dark cloud that's been hovering over the Giants all season? Yeah, it'll be there Sunday. The forecast calls for "considerable cloudiness" and intermittent rain with a temperature in the low 60s. As if the crowd wasn't going to be small enough for this one ...

WHAT IT MEANS

There are really two ways this season can go for head coach Ben McAdoo. His team can show some fight, keep the games competitive and maybe steal a win or two. Or his team can surrender and start getting blown out. Now that they're back from their bye, whichever way they start out is likely where the rest of the games are headed. They are very undermanned now, and they know they have nothing to play for, so motivation won't be easy. Neither will be responding when things go wrong (and things will go wrong). It will be a test of McAdoo's coaching and leadership ability. How the team reacts may determine whether he keeps his job.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, St. Louis Rams, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) (Brad Penner)
New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) (Brad Penner)

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn are all listed as out for Sunday's game against the Rams at MetLife Stadium. 

CB Janoris Jenkins (suspension) is also out.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is questionable.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg
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Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard shares how great he feels coming off a bye week and how the team plans to keep the past in the past.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) practiced in full on Thursday and appears likely to play on Sunday against the Rams at MetLife Stadium.

Shepard has missed the last two games after injuring his ankle on Oct. 8 against the Chargers.

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon(ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn all missed practice for a second straight day. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), DE Kerry Wynn, and S Nat Berhe (calf) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

Goodson, Richburg, Pugh, and Vernon had all done work on the side during practice on Monday.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), and WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) are all on the injury report, but were participating in practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson and offensive lineman Justin Pugh left Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks due to injuries.

Goodson suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and was ruled out, while Pugh suffered a back injury and was listed as questionable to return.

Safety Nat Berhe also left the game and is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants don't like change. They prefer stability and patience. They prefer to give their plans a chance to work.

But they also really don't like chaos. And that's the one thing that will truly test their patience with Ben McAdoo and could end up pushing the coach straight out the door.

That may seem crazy just 17 games into his head coaching career, but McAdoo is suddenly on very shaky ground just one year after he led the Giants back to the postseason and to an 11-5 record. His job should be in no jeopardy at all just one-third of the way through Year 2, even though the Giants are 0-5 and headed towards at least 0-7.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), G Brett Jones (hip), and RB Orleans Darkwa (back) are all listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.

T Bobby Hart (ankle), who had missed practice on Wednesday, parcicipated on a limited basis on Thursday and is no longer on the injury report.

LB B.J. Goodson (shin), who returned to practice earlier this week, is also no longer on the injury report.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa
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 (Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)
(Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday.

T Bobby Hart (ankle), who had missed practice on Wednesday, parcicipated on a limited basis on Thursday.

LB B.J. Goodson (shin) was limited for a second straight day after returning to practice on Wednesday...

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson (shin) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday after missing the last two games.

Janoris Jenkins, who had been dealing wih wrist and ankle injuries but played last Sunday against the Eagles, practiced in full.

LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), RB Orleans Darkwa (back), OT Bobby Hart (ankle), LB J.T. Thomas (groin), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and RB Shane Vereen (calf) all missed practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen
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Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) waits for the snap during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Bills beat the Giants 21 to 0. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) waits for the snap during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Bills beat the Giants 21 to 0. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson says he expects to practice Wednesday after missing the past two games with a shin injury, per NJ.com's James Kratch. 

Goodson, who had a great season opener against the Cowboys, was a surprise to see listed as questionable before the Giants' game against the Lions. Head coach Ben McAdoo said it was an injury that occurred Friday before that Monday night game. 

The injury was still nagging the sophomore linebacker before the Eagles game causing him to be inactive. 

Goodson recorded a team-high 18 tackles in the Giants 19-3 loss in their season opener against the Cowboys. 

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Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) warms up prior to playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) warms up prior to playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Seven players are inactive from the Giants' Week 3 matchup against the Eagles, but CB Janoris Jenkins is active.

Jenkins missed the team's Week 2 game against the Lions after suffering an ankle injury.

Tags: Avery Moss, B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Davis Webb, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Justin Pugh
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 (Ron Jenkins/AP)
(Ron Jenkins/AP)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle) is improving but is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

"Noticeably improved over the last week," Jenkins said. "I've been getting better. Just got to continue to go to treatment and we'll see how it plays out."

"I practiced a little bit (last week). I just didn't feel comfortable. I let the guys know it and then got on treatment a little heavier."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Evan Engram, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For the second straight day, injured cornerback Janoris Jenkins wasn't even outside for Giants practice, casting a huge shadow of doubt over whether he'll be able to play in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.

Jenkins suffered a hand and ankle injury in the Giants' opener, which apparently got worse as he practiced last week. Because despite practicing fully all week, he was unable to play in the Giants' loss to Detroit on Monday night. He tried to test out his injured ankle with trainers watching about two hours before the game, but they ultimately decided he could not go...

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Evan Engram, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was limited in practice on Wednesday, as the team had a jog-thru in advance of Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Beckham made his season debut Monday night against the Lions after he tested his sprained ankle during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium.

He had been a limited participant in practice last Thursday and Friday.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was limited in practice on Wednesday, as the team had a jog-thru in advance of Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Beckham made his season debut Monday night against the Lions after he tested his sprained ankle during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium.

He had been a limited participant in practice last Thursday and Friday.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. acknowledges fans before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. acknowledges fans before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will make his season debut Monday against the Detroit Lions after he tested his sprained ankle during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium.

Beckham will tape his ankles for stability for the first time in his career, according to ESPN's Eric Lundsten. Before the game, he was catching passes from quarterback Eli Manning and was seen stretching with strength coach Aaron Wellman alongside cornerback Janoris Jenkins and offensive guard D.J. Fluker.

Though Beckham was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday, he will play in a game for the first time since Aug. 21 as the Giants look to avoid an 0-2 start.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, D.J. Fluker, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson is out for the team's home opener against the Lions due to a shin injury, confirms SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.

Goodson, who had a great season opener against the Cowboys, was a surprise to see listed as questionable on the team's injury report Saturday. However, head coach Ben McAdoo said it is an injury that occurred Friday at practice. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : This one hurts. If the defense had any bright spot last week against the Cowboys, it was B.J. Goodson and his 18 tackles. He was all over the field, and said that performance is what he brings to the table every night. 

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will go through warmups before a decision is made on his availability for tonight's game against the Lions at MetLife Stadium.

He has been listed as questionable for the game. 

Beckham has been nursing a high ankle sprain, and the team is more confident about him playing Monday night than they were heading in to last Sunday night's game, head coach Ben McAdoo said last week...

Tags: B.J. Goodson, D.J. Fluker, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants knew they were returning almost all of their starters from last year's outstanding defense, but there was one player that Damon "Snacks" Harrison just wasn't sure about.

"I told him coming into this offseason that I wasn't a full believer in B.J. Goodson," Harrison said of the Giants new starting middle linebacker. "He was just a young guy at middle linebacker. You have to know everything. You have to get people in the right spots. He only played like 12 snaps last year so we didn't get a chance to see him. … It was just yet to be seen."

Then the 24-year-old Goodson had a strong offseason where he took control of a veteran-heavy defensive team. And then on opening night, during a 19-3 loss in Dallas, he was a dominant defensive force, making 18 tackles. Like all of the best middle linebackers the Giants have had, Goodson was all over the field.

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The Giants defense may have been on the field for too long due to lack of offense, but they are not using it as an excuse for allowing 19 points in their loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night. 

In the first half, the defense saw 47 plays from the Cowboys as the offense couldn't get anything going. The unit, which many believe to be one of the best in the NFL this season, looked fatigued. However, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn't want to hear that after the game. 

"At some point you have to suck it up," Rodgers-Cromartie told The Post. "You just have to find a way to get off the field. We didn't get off the field enough."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas
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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants QB Eli Manning is slated to play during the Giants' second and third preseason games (on Aug. 21 and Aug. 26) head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters on Thursday.

Other notes from Giants camp...

  • CB Eli Apple sat out practice due to a sore ankle, and he's unsure whether he'll be ready to play this Monday against the Browns.
  • WR Dwayne Harris missed practice due to upper body soreness.
  • McAdoo said T Ereck Flowers was a "bright spot" during Friday's preseason opener.
  • LB B.J. Goodson (back) returned to practice.
Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson and DT Jay Bromley both showed they can make an impact on the defense this season in the preseason opener against the Steelers. 

Goodson has been aggressive and vocal since the start of camp, and that is something the Giants' coaches like to see from someone who could potentially be the starting middle linebacker this season. Leading is an area Goodson has been accustomed to.

"I'm a middle linebacker, I have no worries about taking control and being the leader of a huddle, that's what I've always done," Goodson told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton. "I was ready to go. It was just another chance to continue building what we're building, and I'm confident I can do the job, do what I need to do for us to be great."

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(Ed Mulholland)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - B.J. Goodson has hit as hard as anyone out on the field at Giants training camp this summer. He clearly has no problem delivering some punishment to his teammates on offense.

But has anyone told him that maybe he should dial it down a bit against his own teammates with another five weeks to go until the games start for real?

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Ralph Vacchiano
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(William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the offseason with a heartbreaking playoff loss that left them with mixed feelings. They were crushed that they blew an 11-5 season and a terrific opportunity. But they were hopeful that they were on the verge of being a true contender again.

Everything they did this offseason was with that in mind. There's still a lot of work to be done when training camp opens on July 27, of course, and a lot can change between now and Opening Day on Sept. 10. But for now, here are five things we've learned about these Giants as their "offseason" officially comes to an end:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) waits for the snap during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Bills beat the Giants 21 to 0. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) waits for the snap during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Bills beat the Giants 21 to 0. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The middle linebacker is supposed to be the leader of the defense, calling the plays and making sure everyone is lined up correctly. And B.J. Goodson, a second-year pro, seems to be settling into that role nicely with the Giants.

In fact, he might be settling into it a little too much.

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May 25, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) runs a drill during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 25, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) runs a drill during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Antonio Pierce was a leader and one of the best players on the Giants' championship defense back in 2007, and no one has come close to playing better for them at middle linebacker since.

The Giants have high hopes, though, that B.J. Goodson can approach that level. They also hope Pierce can help.

The now-38-year-old Pierce is with the Giants this spring as a coaching intern, as he takes a short break from his job as the football coach at Long Beach Poly, a high school football power out in California. There are plenty of things Pierce can offer the players on the Giants' defense. But it's the 24-year-old Goodson who might just benefit the most.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

According to Dan Salamone of Giants.com, QB Eli Manning was clicking with his receivers at the team's fifth OTA, making him a standout performer.

Manning let it fly down the sidelilne to wide receivers Tavarres King and Roger Lewis Jr., who are both fighting for reps among the receiving corps. The two-time Super Bowl MVP is looking to make 2017 his fourth straight 4,000-yard season. He amassed 4,027 yards, 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 2016

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard
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Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Click here to read Part I of the Giants Notebook.

One of the biggest criticisms of the Ben McAdoo offense last year - besides his play-calling - was the fact that they used "11 personnel" (three receivers, one tight end, one running back) on more than 90 percent of their plays. It led to cries that the Giants were too predictable and not nearly imaginative enough.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Nikita Whitlock, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson (Adam Wesley/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson (Adam Wesley/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants announced their deal with LB Keenan Robinson, which is for one year and is worth up to $4 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Robinson recorded 54 total tackles (83 combined) in his first season with the Giants in 2016.

New York had been trying to re-sign him prior to free agency beginning, though Robinson reportedly visited with the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Friday.

The following players are OUT for Sunday's game against the Redskins:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)
  • Nat Berhe (concussion)

The following players are QUESTIONABLE for Sunday's game:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Nat Berhe
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The following players appeared on the Giants' injury report on Wednesday...

Did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)

Limited during practice:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Nat Berhe, Will Tye
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The following players appeared on the Giants' pre-practice injury report on Wednesday...

  • CB Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • LB B.J. Goodson (concussion)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)
  • TE Will Tye (illness)

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports on how the Giants are preparing for their Week 1 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo is just 39 years old and only 15 years removed from his days as an assistant coach in high school. By NFL standards it's been a meteoric rise from nowhere to center stage in New York as the man who has revive the Giants and fill Tom Coughlin's shoes.

So as he gets set for his first regular season game as head coach - in Dallas, of all places, against the arch-rival Cowboys - is McAdoo starting to feel a few nerves?

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Darian Thompson, Jonathan Casillas, Josh Brown, Nat Berhe, Rashad Jennings, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The 53-man roster is set (for now), and the New York Giants believe they will be back on the road to success after missing the postseason the past four years. Their roster has been upgraded in many key areas, with the exception of the offensive line and a blocking tight end.

But who will be the stars and the face of this club in 2016? It's clear QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be among the top players in the league at their positions, but who else will garner Pro Bowl interest this year?

On offense, no one can possibly expect any of the linemen to get any type of recognition. Center Weston Richburg is considered one of the best players at his position, but the negative advance reviews on the Giants' offensive line is going to hurt his chances. The rest of the group has either struggled or was injured this summer, so the offense would have to play lights out for them to get any consideration.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Damon Harrison, Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Josh Brown, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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