The Giants have consistently been one of the NFL's most-injured teams the past four seasons and it's no coincidence their on-the-field performance has suffered as a result. Head coach Tom Coughlin says injuries should not be used as an excuse for losing, but they sure do count as a reason.
The Giants led the NFL in a statistic the website Football Outsiders call "Adjusted Games Lost," a stat that compiles total games missed by players due to injury:
Last year, the Giants led the league in AGL with 137.1 and in 2013 with 144.3. In 2012, they ranked eighth with 82. This season, they have 14 players on season-ending injured reserve, one on PUP and one on IR/Designated to Return.
They have a total of over $30 million sitting on the sidelines right now led by wide receiver Victor Cruz ($8.12M), offensive tackle Will Beatty ($8.05M) and linebacker Jon Beason ($4.1M). DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) missed the first eight games of the season, which is not included in this number, but will be included in the AGL.
The Giants have placed several other players on season-ending IR, including safety Nat Berhe, guard Geoff Schwartz and tight end Larry Donnell.
There has been no real explanation of why the Giants are incurring all of these injuries. They have changed their training methods and modules and the results have not improved.