At this point of the summer, the Giants are usually dealing with preparations for the upcoming training camp. The players are in, as Andrew Brandt of SI's MMQB puts it, the "submarine" mode -- the six weeks between minicamp and training camp. Everyone is supposed to run silent and run deep during that period and surface unscathed in late July.
Former Giants defensive back?Walter Thurmond, who currently plays for the Eagles, spoke critically of the Giants?approach to modern medical practices compared to other organizations he has played for.
In 2014, the Giants placed over two dozen players on injured reserve including captains Victor Cruz and Jon Beason, star CB Prince Amukamara and prized UFA signees Geoff Schwartz, Walter Thurmond and Robert Ayers.
For the second consecutive season, the New York Football Giants led the NFL in a category that make most coaches and GMs cringe: Football Outsiders' Adjusted Games Lost.
On offense, they will start their opening day lineup in Tennessee this Sunday: LT Will Beatty, LG Weston Richburg, C JD Walton, RG John Jerry and RT Justin Pugh. They finally have some numbers behind that group.
Eric Herman has been promoted from the practice squad, joining James Brewer, Brandon Mosely and Dallas Reynolds in the second unit. Not the greatest of options, but at least three of the four are healthy. Brewer is still being monitored for concussion-like symptoms. He is also the only spare tackle on the roster.
Jennings has missed the past five games with a sprained ?knee. Rookie Andre Williams will once again serve as the Giants primary running back in his absence.
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.
Jon Beason (foot/toe) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle/hamstring) were limited on Thursday.
Steve Weatherford (ankle) was limited.
"They think he?ll play," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "I think if he feels a little bit better out here on the grass, he?s fine."
Coughlin confirmed Beason's foot is 'sore' and agreed when it was suggested that playing on artificial turf could be compounding the issue.
?It?s pretty serious,? Tom Coughlin said after the game. ?Hard to play with a toe that?s not functioning.?
Rookie Weston Richburg replaced Schwartz at LG. He may be there for awhile as Schwartz will likely be out for a few weeks. The starting line, which struggled to protect QB Eli Manning vs the Jets, will likely be: Will Beatty at LT, Justin Pugh at RT, Richburg at LG, Brandon Mosley at RG and JD Walton at center.
"No doubt, no doubt. I?m going to go out there and play the game like I was 21 again. This whole offseason I?ve just been training and thinking that I want to get back on the football field. It?s coming." - DE Jason Pierre-Paul on if he'll be the player he was before back and shoulder ailments slowed him down.
"I?m 100 percent, ready to go. My knee feels great. I?m just excited to be back in this building, back smelling this grass again and being around you beautiful people so I?m excited." - WR Victor Cruz, recovering from knee surgery.
?Our locker room couldn?t have been better as far as us guys staying together. We never started pointed fingers, we never started blaming one guy or this guy or that guy, we knew we needed to play better as a team and we knew our energy wasn?t there as a team. So we had to figure that out and slowly but surely we?re trying to do that.?-- Deron Williams, to ESPN New York
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GiantsDid not practice: ?C David Baas (neck), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), G Chris Snee (hip), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), DE Justin Trattou (ankle), CB Corey Webster (hip), LB Jacquian Williams (knee)
David Baas (neck), Chris Snee (hip), Adrien Robinson (foot), Corey Webster (hip) and Jacquian Williams (knee) all did not practice on Wednesday. Henry Hynoski was placed on IR earlier Wednesday, and did not practice.
David Diehl (thumb), Spencer Paysinger (hip), Cooper Taylor (shoulder) and Terrell Thomas (knee) were all limited.
WR Hakeem Nicks, who dislocated his thumb on Sunday, and TE Brandon Myers, rib injury, are not listed.
If pride were an injury category, I'm sure this list would be a lot longer....
CB Prince Amukamara (concussion), LB Dan Connor (neck), T David Diehl (thumb) and TE Adrien Robinson (foot) all sat out Wednesday's practice.
Tom Coughlin said Prince felt 'better' yesterday but gave no indication if his star CB will play this week. Connor is still day-to-day and the other two will be out for the foreseeable future.
Head coach Tom Coughlin is the only person authorized to speak about injuries and player status. These days, he probably wishes that task was assigned to someone else. ?WR Victor Cruz and C David Baas look to be out for the remainder of the preseason, while the news on S Antrel Rolle and FB Henry Hynoski is encouraging.
"He?s restricted in what he can do. We?re all frustrated about it," Tom Coughlin said yesterday. "He is himself, number one. The sooner he can get out there, the better off we?ll all be. And he came in fully feeling like he could start right out in practice and just wasn?t able to do that right away. We?ll be patient, but know full well that we?re all excited the moment he gets a chance to come out and practice and we get a sense of where he is, how he?s going to be and that type of thing."
The one player that is not long for the list is guard Chris Snee, who told reporters he could begin practicing as early as next week:
Brooklyn is currently in the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference with the Bulls occupying the No. 6 seed.
Chicago has struggled recently with injuries, which has made it difficult for the team to catch the Nets.
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Each year, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail compiles these numbers which aren't released publicly. As Mirtle notes, an injury to Sidney Crosby counts as much as an injury to a fourth liner but these numbers still provide a pretty good picture as to which teams are falling victim to injuries.?
This year, it's been a different story for the Islanders. The majority of their most important players haven't been injured. In fact, John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Brad Boyes, Frans Nielsen, Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo, Travis Hamonic, Andrew MacDonald and Matt Martin have played in all 33 games thus far (and another three have played in 30).
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Baltimore Ravens Wednesday Practice ReportPracticed in full: WR Tandon Doss (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe, back), CB Asa Jackson (thigh), FB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), DE Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), RB Bernard Pierce (knee, thigh), TE Dennis Pitta (thigh), WR David Reed (thigh), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen), LB Terrell Suggs (achilles, biceps)
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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.comNEW YORK ? The Nets went back to the future by signing Damion Jones to a 10-day contract. After being selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, James?selected by the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Nets?spent two years with the club before his third year rookie option was declined.
James began this NBA season as a member of the NBDL's Bakersfield Jam. He averaged 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game. Having seemingly proven himself on the NBA's smaller stage, the Nets opted to sign James to a 10-day contract and give him the 15th and final roster spot that was opened up when the club waived Josh Childress back on Dec. 29.
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Brooklyn has won five straight games, four of which have come against teams under .500.
The Pacers have won four straight games and head to Brooklyn leading the Central Division by two games over the Chicago Bulls.
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Michael Grabner: "Should be" ready by January 15th after a lower-body injury
Brock Nelson: Broken jaw out 2-3 weeks as of 12/29
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EaglesOUT - Did not practice: DT Fletcher Cox (concussion), LB Mychal Kendricks (concussion)
CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), C David Baas (hip/shoulder) and DT Chris Canty (knee) did not practice today.
Tom Coughlin did not seem optimistic about Prince, saying he suffered a setback against the Ravens.
That means DE Justin Tuck, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, G Chris Snee, S Kenny Phillips and ... well, everyone else ... are all making the trip. #NYG
? Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) December 22, 2012The Giants were talking all week as if Ravens' future HOF LB Ray Lewis was coming back this week. Doesn't appear that's going down, now...
Questionable / Limited at Practice: C David Baas (hip/shoulder), TE Travis Beckum (knee), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), S Kenny Phillips (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring), G Chris Snee (hip)
Questionable / Did Not Practice: DE Justin Tuck (shoulder)
C David Baas (hip/shoulder), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), G Chris Snee (hip) and DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) did not practice today.
Coughlin on Tuck: "I think we?ll get him some work tomorrow. He?s feeling better every day."On Bradshaw: "Well, hopefully we?ll see what it?s like tomorrow, but if we can get some snaps tomorrow, we?ll be able to tell better."On Snee and Baas: "Hopefully they?ll work tomorrow."
Did Not Participate in Practice: C David Baas (hip/shoulder), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), G Chris Snee (hip), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder)
Limited Participation in Practice: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), DT Chris Canty (neck), S Kenny Phillips (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring)
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Also did not practice today and are OUT this Sunday: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring)
Questionable and limited at practice: LB Michael Boley (back)
WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) returned to the field but was limited, as expected.
CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) and S Kenny Phillips (knee) did not practice with the team, sticking to the stationary bikes once again. LB Michael Boley (back) and?S Tyler Sash (hamstring) also did not participate.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Knee/Foot), CB Prince Amukamara (Hamstring), LB Michael Boley (Back), WR Hakeem Nicks (Knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Back), S Kenny Phillips (Knee), S Tyler Sash (Hamstring).?C David Baas (shoulder), TE Travis Beckum (knee) practiced in full.
Bradshaw has a sprained knee and is currently questionable to doubtful for Sunday. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NewYork has the latest on the Giants' RB:
On RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who left the game in the first half with a knee issue. He returned in the second half, but was clearly not himself.How is Bradshaw feeling today and would the knee be anything that could keep him out of a game?
Giants Injury ReportOut: TE Travis Beckum (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring) - did not practice
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Did Not Participate in Practice: TE Travis Beckum (knee), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring)
Limited Participation in Practice: LB Michael Boley (shoulder), LB Jacquian Williams (knee)