The Giants went through their "recovery" day on Friday but two players - MLB Jon Beason (knee) and WR Victor Cruz (calf) - have not recovered to the point where they will play vs the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday night.
"He just didn’t get any better," said head coach Tom Coughlin of Beason. "Didn’t get to the point where he felt he could play, and play the way he would like to. And the medical people agreed."
With Beason out and Jameel McClain gone, the Giants will look for the "next man up" at MLB, which happens to be free agent Uani Unga, who has never played in a regular season game.
"We’ve prepared for that," said Coughlin when asked who will fill in. "We’ve had a preseason and a good full day yesterday with Unga in that position. So, I think a young guy, obviously who has not had that much experience in there, but he’ll give great effort."
The Giants signed veteran Jasper Brinkley this week, but Coughlin said he "didn't have enough time" at the position, so it is up to Unga to call the defense.
Cruz has not been able to practice for a few weeks now and it's anyone's guess when he'll be back on the field. Coughlin would not put a time frame on him, either.
Eli Manning's contract extension is finally done and Coughlin sees that as one less distraction for the franchise's longest-tenured and most important player:
"I think that there would be no doubt for all of us to have that behind us, particularly Eli and his family, to have that behind them and no longer have questions about that every day or every time he appears. I think that’s a good thing...I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again: He’s our quarterback, he’s the guy that’s our leader. He’s been an MVP of two Super Bowls. He’s a great player, and we are excited to have this accomplished and looking forward to being on the field."
In other news, DL Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck) and DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot) are all listed ad probable for this week's game vs Dallas.