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New York Giants Hoping to Field Enough Players to Play Cleveland Browns in Week 5

October 4th, 2012 at 1:24 PM
By Simon Garron-Caine

We're kidding, but maybe we shouldn't be…the New York Giants injury situation is rising to almost comedic levels as the 0-4 Cleveland Browns come rolling into town. Paul Dottino of WFAN reports that Antrel Rolle is likely to miss the upcoming game (though Rolle disagrees), joining fellow starting safety Kenny Phillips in that regard. There's no reason to expect Hakeem Nicks back, and Rocky Bernard, Ramses Barden, Corey Webster and Michael Boley all sat out today's practice, leaving their status up in the air (at best).

'Antrel Rolle' photo (c) 2012, Ted Kerwin - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Oh, and we forgot to mention that right guard Chris Snee only did individual drills. Jenny Vrentas of NJ.com does her best to breakdown what is sure to be the least interesting and most time consuming part of an NFL beat writer's job. In perhaps an effort to keep herself sane in the face of covering a health and wellness beat when she signed up for sports reporting, she finds a silver lining:

In better injury news for the Giants, C David Baas (hand) returned to practice, and RT David Diehl (knee), LB Keith Rivers (hamstring), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and CB Michael Coe (hamstring) were participating in drills during the media access period.

The return of Hosley, Coe and Rivers to the back seven shouldn't be under appreciated, but unfortunately for Giants fans it looks like the Giants may be starting Tyler Sash and Stevie Brown at safety, and misfit rookie Reuben Randle may be battling the Amazing Invisible Jerrell Jernigan for all the reps as the third wide receiver.

As for the Browns, Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News passes along via Twitter the news that Browns' WR Mohammed Massaquoi and TE Travis Benjamin are still not practicing. So, you know, there's that.

UPDATE: Hakeem Nicks has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game, while Tom Coughlin remains optimistic that Rolle (knee swelling) will be able to play.

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Tags: Antrel Rolle, Cleveland Browns, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Phillips, Michael Boley, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ralph Vacchiano, Ramses Barden, Tyler Sash

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27 Responses to “New York Giants Hoping to Field Enough Players to Play Cleveland Browns in Week 5”

  1. Aaaaand right on cue: Hakeem Nicks has officially been ruled out.

    And, seriously, we absolutely hate writing about injuries and who may or may not play and what backup or guy off the street is going to have to step in. Just hate it.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      It’s crazy. 4 of 5 OL starters dealing with injuries, 3 WRs dealing with injuries, 2 RBs dealing with injuries, 2 DTs dealing with injuries and one on PUP, 1 DE dealing with injuries, 2 LBs dealing with injuries, all CBs dealing with injuries, 3 healthy safeties but one is coming off of a 4-game suspension. Another TE on PUP.

      This is ridiculous. Trattou injured/waived, T2 and Witherspoon on IR. Etc etc etc

  2.  BLU-82 says:

    Fire the whole strength/conditioning staff, if only because of general principle. Said it before and I’ll say it again, if that bunch isn’t inept than they are blighted by God, and we should cast them away lest we do anymore harm to ourselves.

  3.  JimStoll says:

    is there any word on exactly what the knee ailment is that Nicks is suffering from?

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Nothing. They’ve been very cryptic about it.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      BigBlueGiants insider at HSS reported torn meniscus but no surgery needed

      •  JimStoll says:

        so a cartilage issue
        I’ve had 3 knee surgeries addressing that exact problem
        a scope puts him down for 6-8 weeks
        it can’t repair on its own
        the swelling presumably can subside with rest, but running, cutting and contact will activate again
        sounds to me like he might well be headed to IR before too long

        •  F0XLIN says:

          Depends how bad it is, I had 4 knee surgeries as well, 3 scopes and have been back to normal in 3 weeks

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    If Hosley and Coe are healthy, I don’t play a banged up Webster. He hasn’t been good this year but we need him for the long haul and with Cleveland WRs we can cover them with Prince, Hosley and Coe. Rolle is a much bigger injury because we are already without KP. I don’t like starting 2 safeties that are limited athletically like Sash and Brown. I think either can be solid playing alongside Rolle or KP but playing both together is a real worry. I think Hill should be playing for one of them to get better athleticism on the field.

    I assume Snee will play because it takes a lot for an OL player to miss time. So we have our same offensive group from last game minus Barden. We produced 368 yards against one of the best defenses we will face. The offense should still be able to produce in the mid to high 20s. The question is the defense. The other major player that might to play besides Rolle is Benard. We talked about these young DTs not being ready. They have to be ready now. It makes Cleveland a scary opponent because they have a good OL and without Benard they might be able to run the ball. Then they could use play action to take advantage of our safeties.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I know the injuries are bad now. But even if none of the injured players that missed practice play we still should win this game. This Browns game is about us getting a victory. Anything else is just a bonus. We need to get healthier but we can’t sacrifice upcoming games by risking players that are too injured. Our next 3 games are NFL games. With 2 division games and another team we could be fighting for a playoff spot with in SF. We need a win without risking the upcoming games. This is tricky for TC. Do you risk players like Rolle and Benard? Or do you have faith in backups that on the surface appear to be a significant step down?

  6.  Levito says:

    With all of these injuries I’m expecting nothing less than a Super Bowl victory now!

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, we seem to be cursed. It has to be the Football Gods punishing Tom Coughlin for his unnecessary and inaccurate statement that the previous coaching staff was to blame for all their team injuries and that could be eliminated through coaching. Love Coughlin, but he may have put the voodoo on us.

    I am really not happy about Bernard. That is probably a direct result of his being over-used last Sunday night. Again, Fewell is a mediocre coach. He doesn’t use his personnel very well and doesn’t make good in-game adjustments. Bernard and Joseph were totally gassed by midway through the third quarter. Even if the backups didn’t do very well, he HAD to get them in there. A pair of tired DTs were not helping much anyway, and were making themselves much more likely to be injured.

    I’ll bet Rolle plays. Even if he can’t go well enough and they have to take him out, he isn’t going to allow them to keep him off the field. And NO ONE wants to see Sash and Brown out there for extended minutes. I know everyone has suddenly fallen in love with Brown but that’s premature.

  8.  JimStoll says:

    okay, so maybe now it is time to be scared:

    Ralph Vacchiano ?@RVacchianoNYDN
    If Chris Snee can’t play Sunday, Kevin Gilbride said Mitch Petrus — cut a month ago — would start at guard

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I don’t know about us, but Eli just decided he’d better bring diapers on Sunday just in case. I hear he’s looking to see if he can wear a body suit that looks a bit like the Michelin Man

    •  giantsfan says:

      Snee has been playing just mediocre. I’m not so sure if that will hurt us all that badly against cleveland.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        It’s possible Petrus provides that same ok play. But if you watched preseason you can’t anyone for being scarred for Eli.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    I know I asked this question before but with the injuries it seems even more up in the air. Who’s roster spot does Sash take? If Petrus is in line to start that removes my favorite. Maybe Cordle but that seems curious with Bass being banged up. With Benard still out Kuhn is looking good to start. Our DBs are too banged up to consider Tryon. Payinger and Tracy are too good on specials. Robinson is a pretty good bet to start next year. It seems like it’s really down to Scott, Ojomo or IR with an 8 week designation on KP or Nicks. Scott and Ojomo are 2 players I don’t want to cut but we need a 4th RB and 5th DE the least out of any of the other positions.

    •  giantsfan says:

      If it’s down to those two guys, I would choose Scott to get cut. He doesn’t really serve a purpose. No other team would pick him up. He did flash on special teams, but that is about it.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Scott almost has to be the guy. And I would consider him no great loss. Brown proved that next year they can rely on he and Wilson (and Bradshaw if he’ll come cheap, otherwise a JAG if necessary).

      I would not even think about cutting Ojomo when I can give Scott the boot. But don’t be surprised if Robinson winds up on IR with a mythical injury.

  10.  Since 1963 says:

    From my own painful experience with sports injuries, I’ve been told that stretching (if that’s the kind of conditioning we’re talking about) doesn’t prevent them. My sports-med doc shook his head when I asked about that; he’s read hundreds of studies, he says, and the evidence adds up to this: Stretching doesn’t prevent injuries. It helps heal them, but it can’t prevent them.

    Maybe they should all go on the Paleolithic diet, like Herzlich.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Yeah, it isn’t the medical staff. It’s just dumb luck of the bad variety.

      Last year it came full circle and we were actually comparatively healthy going into the playoffs after suffering a lot of early injuries. Let’s hope that’s our fate in 2012.

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