Following practice on Wednesday, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced that at least 11 players will not suit up for the preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night. Among them are left tackle Will Beatty (back), and linebackers Jacquain Williams (hip) and Michael Boley (hamstring).
In addition to Beatty, Williams and Boley, defensive end Justin Trattou (ankle), linebacker Jake Muasau (hamstring), cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee), running back Da'Rel Scott (thigh) and the four players on the Physically Unable to Perform List (Hakeem Nicks, Travis Beckum, Chris Canty and Clint Sintim) will not play.
“[Scott] has a thigh contusion,” said Coughlin. “It’s swollen, and it came up the side of his leg. It’s his second injury. That doesn’t help.”
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard is listed as questionable following a flare up of an old injury.
“Just an old knee that kind of swelled up on him," Coughlin said of Bernard.
Starters are expected to play between 15-18 snaps on Friday night, with the second-team set to see action on about 20-25 snaps. After that, the third-team and additional reserves will finish out the game and fight for their chance to make a significant impression.
It's hard to believe football is already here, and even harder to believe that 11 guys are already sitting it out.
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