The New York Football Giants conclude their 2013 campaign, much like they started it, with a long list of injuries. Their opponents this week, the Washington Redskins, list only linebacker Brian Orakpo on their injury report.
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has endured a season that he would like to forget, and the former All-Pro defensive end will miss his third straight contest with an injured shoulder this week. The G-men also placed veteran running back Brandon Jacobs on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending his season. The visiting Seattle Seahawks will be missing starting linebacker K.J. Wright as they seek to cement the top seed in the NFC playoffs.
Good teams, playoff teams, do not continue to make enough mistakes to lose games. The Giants (4-7) have learned that the hard way this season.
The Giants are talking a different game now that they are back in the mix in the NFC East.
The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants are each desperate for a victory on Sunday, so any advantage can prove helpful. With that in mind, this week’s injury report hands a decided advantage to the Eagles, which shows only two players on it. Meanwhile, the New York Giants had eight players who did not practice, in addition to the pending trade of Jon Beason to work with heading into week five.
“I believe we can go 12-0 from this point on,” Rolle said Monday. “I truly believe that. … People may look at me like I’m crazy, but you know, I couldn’t really give a damn at this point.”
After Sunday’s loss, Giants coach Tom Coughlin told his players to stick together. Not everyone did. Receiver Hakeem Nicks complained about not being able to throw the ball to himself.
There were very few individual performances to point out, so for the first time we’re going to select some units in our following segment because this was a collective effort.
“It’s absolutely not true,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. “Both of those payers were injured. Connor never returned to the game. Cullen was in a position where he needed to regroup. That really wasn’t orchestrated at all.”
“I don’t think there’s anything to it,” Manning said of his 4-0 record at AT&T Stadium, which allegedly included the Giants quarterback scribbling his name, the score, the date and the words “First Win in the New Stadium” in the visitors locker room.
Star wide receiver Victor Cruz tested his foot in the workout, cutting hard on curl patterns, which forced him to dig his foot into the grass. There was no pain.
Tom Coughlin has seen flashes from his team, and he has a good core from two years ago to step up and lead.
D-coordinator Perry Fewell has appealed to his players’ pride and asked his defense to “play like Giants.” That will work. For a game or two.
With Jason Pierre-Paul still recovering from back surgery in early June, the Giants practiced Wednesday with fellow defensive end Justin Tuck sidelined by an undisclosed back problem.
The Giants are making Williams work for the starting gig, and they are not making it easy for the third-year pro who missed six games in 2012 with a knee injury.