The Giants practiced Thursday with four of their five starting offensive linemen watching from the sidelines. Will Beatty (pec) started training camp on PUP and is not expected back until the middle of the season, but he's suddenly found himself surrounded on the sidelines by three of his teammates.
C Weston Richburg (knee tendinitis), RG Geoff Schwartz (ankle) and LT Ereck Flowers (hip flexor) are all experiencing ills of their own early on at camp.
Coach Tom Coughlin on Schwartz: "He obviously wasn’t doing well enough to stay out there for two days in a row. It looks like one of those things that’s got to be managed. We hope to get him where he can practice hard a couple days a week, but we’ll have to see how that goes."
"When I hear day-to-day, I don’t know," the coach said when asked how things stood with Richburg and Flowers. "I can’t tell you. It looked like they were doing okay, especially Flowers. He looks like he’s really coming on — I saw him out of the corner of my eye, saw him running. He looked like he was doing okay."
The first-team offensive line was a makeshift one. Justin Pugh was at LT again. Next to him at LG was Adam Gettis. Dallas Reynolds (yes, he's still on the team) played center. John Jerry, back for more punishment this season, was at RG and Marshall Newhouse at RT.
Reynolds was re-signed by the Giants in the offseason and now we see why.
"He’s come back a stronger player, no doubt. We needed him to do that. He’s gotten a lot of time on the field with our issues with Richburg. It’s good that he did."
Coughlin said things would be "very tough" for Flowers to miss time in camp, but felt he would "pick it up." He also did not discount giving Pugh additional reps at LT as a precaution.
"We’ll have to share some time there, depending on how long he [Flowers] is out."
There were several defensive players who did not practice Thursday: LB Jameel McClain (stinger), CB Prince Amukamara (groin) and S Nat Berhe (calf).
Coughlin said McClain could be out a while: "Tests on McClain, but chances are, because of the extent of the trauma, he’s going to have to sit for a while. I wouldn’t be able to even guess on what they will do.."
Amukamara will be out as well and quite possibly could miss the first exhibition next Friday (Aug. 14) at Cincinnati.
"Same kind of deal," said Coughlin. "He’s got a little groin (injury), but because of the position he plays, how long he’ll be, I don’t know."
Berhe, in his second year, has missed a ton of time with what is now being classified as a slightly torn calf muscle. There is not timetable for his return.