After a slow start due to the injury, Weatherford has rebounded to raise his average to 45.2 YPA.
Yesterday, Weatherford finally caved. He sat out practice with a back ailment, which was apparently sustained over the past few days.
"It’s always a concern when you can’t practice," special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said on Thursday. "He needs to practice. That’s where the biggest concern comes in...we’re dealing with it the best we can. We hope to get him some reps tomorrow."
The backup plan, should Weatherford not be able to go, would be to have Josh Brown handle both the PK and punting duties. Quinn says the team is not sure it will come to that.
"We’d have to make that decision if medically there is an issue," said Quinn. "We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. That’s why we work guys out during the year, to have a short list. We’ve got that prepared if it’s needed."
The Seahawks are not one of the league's top punt return teams. PR Brian Walters is averaging 9.1 YPR, which is 17th best in the NFL. The kickoff returns are where they are dangerous. Percy Harvin was the primary returner, but he was traded to the Jets a few weeks ago.
Paul Richardson has assumed the role and he has not disappointed. He is averaging 34.3 YPR on four attempts.
"He’s really dynamic back there. He’s kind of picked up where Percy left off so it will be a big challenge," Quinn said. "They do a good job blocking, so it will be a challenge."
- DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) and G Adam Snyder (knee) also did not participate in practice on Thursday.
- CB Zackary Bowman (abdomen) was sent to the hospital but was sent home after being examined. Some speculated he was the victim of food poisoning.
- DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), RB Rashad Jennings (knee), G Weston Richburg (ankle) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, hamstring) were limited.
- "I thought he moved around pretty good today," Head coach Tom Coughlin said of DRC after practice Thursday. "I was a little concerned being on turf and so on, but I thought he moved pretty good."
- On Richburg: "I expect him to go. He was really probably 50 percent today and I’m hoping to go inside and find out that he can do more tomorrow."
- On Jennings: "You know, for the first time, he had a chance to work in practice and he took some scout squad reps. He did pretty well. Again, we’ll find out what that’s like inside."
- OL Geoff Schwartz, who was placed on the Reserve/Injured/Designated for Return list prior to the season with a toe injury, has still not been activated. Schwartz was eligible for return last week.
Last year, they led the NFL in a stat Football Outsiders.com calls "Adjusted Games Lost" with 144.6. Indianapolis finished a distant second with 110 games.
Looks like the Giants are on their way to another AGL title in 2014.