Now on a two-game win streak and with normal schedule again, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium on Wednesday in a better mood than he has in recent weeks. However, focus immediately turned to injuries -as it always does- which we all know by now, is one of his least favorite subjects. But we digress… TC offered both some good news and bad news as it relates to the walking wounded.
The pre-practice injury report included the following players: Hakeem Nicks (foot), Adewale Ojomo (hamstring), Keith Rivers (hamstring), Antrel Rolle (knee), Ahmad Bradshaw (Neck), Michael Coe (hamstring), David Diehl (knee), Domenik Hixon (concussion), Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and Corey Webster (hand).
Despite what the pre-practice injury report lists, Coughlin says Rolle, Coe (limited), Webster, Ojomo, Bradshaw and Hixon will practice. He also noted that Diehl will do minor work on the side, while Hosley and Rivers will sit out. Nicks will practice, on schedule, Thursday.
"[Rolle] will do everything he can. It's difficult to control him," Coughlin said with a smile.
As far as Bradshaw and a potential running back controversy with Andre Brown, there won't be one. Coughlin announced that Bradshaw will start on Sunday night, but that Brown has earned a larger role and the team "reserves the right to change that based on hot hand." For now, however, splits will be determined based on the gameplan.
Meanwhile, the coach praised his team for improving each and every week, saying "focus and concentration" on technique and assignments have gotten better. And all of that is good news with a game against the Philadelphia Eagles coming up.
"They are very explosive. We have our work cut out for us," Coughlin said of the Eagles, adding that they are a very talented all-around team.
And with that … it's practice time.
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