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New York Giants Dominated by Injuries & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin

October 3rd, 2012 at 11:24 AM
By Dan Benton

An unhappy Tom Coughlin took the podium on Wednesday afternoon for his weekly press conference, and his message was clear: "2-2 is 2-2 and not where we hoped to be. But it's done. It's over. It's time to move on." And move on he did, right into the vast sea of New York Giants injuries that grew yet again this week.

'Tom Coughlin Watches Giants' photo (c) 2011, Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View) - license:

There were several new additions to the growing pre-practice injury report. They included Kenny Phillips (knee), Ramses Barden (concussion), Rocky Bernard (quad), David Baas (hand), Chris Snee (hip), Keith Rivers (hammy), Antrel Rolle (knee), Corey Webster (hand), Hakeem Nicks (knee, foot), Michael Boley (hip), Michael Coe (hammy), David Diehl (knee) and Jayron Hosley (hammy).

Of the 13 listed on the pre-practice injury report, Coughlin says at least seven will not practice. They include Rocky Bernard, David Baas, Kenny Phillips Hakeem Nicks, Michael Boley, Keith Rivers and Chris Snee. Meanwhile, Jayron Hosley and David Diehl will do individual work and "hopefully more."

As far as an update on Nicks, Coughlin was hesitant to give one. He said the swelling is down, but would not commit to the wide receiver practicing on Thursday. He also would not detail Nicks' knee injury and whether or not there was any structural damage.

Barden, meanwhile, was diagnosed with a concussion on Tuesday after complaining of a headache. It was allegedly suffered late in the Philadelphia Eagles game when he was hit in the back of the head. The head coach wouldn't dive into any additional detail, making it sound like it may have been from an illegal hit.

As for the Cleveland Browns and their game this Sunday…

"Don't be misled by Cleveland's record. They played tough in all of their games," Coughlin said, noting he'll remind some of his more veteran players what happened the last time these two teams met.

Finally, the coach noted that this team will not point fingers. Each player accepts responsibility for their own mistakes and the object is to get better and fix what's wrong as opposed to placing blame.


Tags: Antrel Rolle, Chris Snee, David Baas, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Phillips, Michael Boley, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ramses Barden, Tom Coughlin

12 Responses to “New York Giants Dominated by Injuries & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin”

  1.  TuckThis says:

    Yikes! The Giants don’t need a practice squad, they need a triage unit.

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:


    BigBlueGiant says:
    October 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Ohm Youngmisuk via Twitter:

    Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

    Hakeem Nicks will not practice. Coughlin says Nicks looks better walking but won’t speculate if Nicks will practice on Thursday
    BigBlueGiant says:
    October 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I will add this…

    my source at the HSS did indeed confirm a meniscus tear. However, he said he wasn’t sure of the severity and that Nicks likely will NOT need surgery.

    •  Krow says:

      REPOST Reply:

      Not need surgery yet. If it’s this minor then they’ll manage it till the off season. But then I suspect he’ll get the very easy and simple procedure. My doc was adamant that tears … even small ones … don’t fix themselves. But I’ve heard others dispute this. So like everything else with a NYG on it … it’s murky.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        yep. I expect him out for a few more weeks. im giving him the KP 3-6 more weeks. MAYBE longer.

        •  Krow says:

          I think the confusion comes from whether it’s torn or frayed. If the edge is shredded then I believe rest and treatment will heal it. If there’s a distinct rip then it has to be surgically repaired. But I’m just playing doctor here … without a license.

          •  BigBlueGiant says:

            Yeah, i have no clue what the extent is.. just relaying messages.

            Anyway, guess we could only keep our fingers crossed?

  3.  Krow says:

    Hopefully the next CBA will include measures to cut down this amazing rash of injuries … oh, wait.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    This injury list starts to make Sunday’s game a tough one. We are going to be significantly undermanned. Not good, at all.

    This has really become an “every year” occurrence at this point. All we can hope for is that there isn’t a concentration in one or two positions, as there was in the past at wide receiver, safety, and linebacker, respectively. This year it looks like wide receiver, cornerback, and O-line. At this point we look undermanned at all three positions and need people to step up. The season looks like it will hinge on whether players do, or not.

    On Sunday they need Randle or Jernigan to make some plays, they need Hosley and Coe to get back on the field and make some plays, and they may need one of the depth players to step up and do well on the offensive line if Baas can’t go.

  5.  giantsfan says:

    In unrelated news:

    Chiefs TE Kevin Boss (concussion) is out for the season.
    Doctors told Boss that they wouldn’t be able to clear him at any point this season. It’s not a surprise for a player with at least four serious concussions on his resume.

    Poor guy. He needs to hang it out. It’s over. Walk away while you can.

    •  jfunk says:

      Ugh, I hate hearing this. Boss needs to walk away, NOW.

      I think we all saw this coming when we were discussing whether or not to resign him last year. Sucks to be right.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Eli left him out to get his bell rung way too many times!

        Heads up, Kevin. Hang in there.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    Ironically, I think being undermanned for this game is positive. I think if we were more healthy we might not be ready mentally for this game because we are clearly better than Cleveland. However, being banged should make us more focus and be more aware of the possibility that Cleveland could beat us if don’t play well.

    That said the players that must play are Bass, Snee, Benard and Rolle. We have some depth at the other positions but none to handle these 4 being out. Especially, when our depth is still being tested at other positions.

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