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New York Giants’ Chase Blackburn Hopes to Return on Sunday Against Bengals

November 9th, 2012 at 11:15 AM
By Casey Sherman

After struggling versus the run last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants fans can breathe a sigh of relief to hear linebacker Chase Blackburn is hoping to return this Sunday, after missing last week's game with a hamstring injury. Blackburn missed Wednesday's practice, but saw limited snaps during Thursday's session. The fact that he's practicing the week before a bye week is a strong indication the coaches feel Chase is ready to go against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I don't think they'd have me practicing going into a bye week like this if there wasn't a realistic opportunity for me to play, knowing we have next week off," Blackburn said. "I feel like I'm practicing out there and continuing to progress and getting more snaps. I feel like I definitely have an opportunity to play."

Last week was supposed to be Mark Herzlich's chance to step up and prove he's ready to eventually step into the starting middle linebacker role at some point in the near future, but it appears the youngster needs more time and experience before he makes that leap. Despite forcing a couple turnovers, the defense allowed Isaac Redman to rush for 147 yards and a touchdown, and it allowed several big plays that helped the Steelers score fourteen points in the 4th quarter sealing their defeat.

Blackburn said he felt good in practice and was able to do everything that was asked of him. As long as no further setbacks to his hamstring injury pop up, he will continue to practice this week with the expectation that he will start.

"I felt good out there," Blackburn said. "I didn't go out there and wasn't running cold and just trying to run 100 miles per hour, but I felt pretty good, confident. So hopefully we'll just continue the confidence and keep building it."

The Giants will look to finish strong with a win before their bye week. The team will then have a couple weeks for several key players dealing with nagging injuries including Blackburn, Kenny Phillips, and Hakeem Nicks to rest up and fully recover for the remainder of the season.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants’ Chase Blackburn Hopes to Return on Sunday Against Bengals”

  1. Repost just because it took like four minutes to write:

    A quick aside: this post gives us nice look at how the media’s role in the transfer of information has not-so-slowly evolved in the last decade or so.

    This little Rolle-Green “he said, she said” isn’t much. Guys on the radio have to say something, beat writers tweet/blog it because they have to tweet/blog something, everyone shrugs because we’re used to it and we’re awaiting the next hour’s tidbit of information.

    Yet, the dinosaurs over at the dailies have it on the back cover. The headlines, screaming at you that two warring organizations are aflame with hatred, passion for tearing one another down this Sunday. “HEADS WILL ROLLE,” said the Daily News, in my mound sounding a bit like a commercial for this weekend’s monster truck rally.

    Think about it: less than ten years ago, 4 out of 5 of us were getting most of our news from Daily Newspapers. That was your news for the day. Fleshed out, color added, analyzed and packaged. Your next update comes tomorrow.

    The result, was that it allowed the news deliverers to create a narrative. Where only sound bytes occurred, there’s now a little bit of context and illustrated characters: a story. Antrel Rolle formerly would have existed mostly as a guy in a helmet wearing #26 on Sundays and a printed name following a quote in the paper the next day, his words would be but brushstrokes in a painting masterfully created by The Editors. And these guys have been perfecting this craft of packaging information in a tidy, deliverable, make you want more kind of way for over a century.

    But Now, I can watch Antrel Rolle speak for myself on Giants.com after every game. The quotes in the stories we read about him are from a satellite radio show half of us were listening to anyway. We heard the context. We heard his tone of voice and we already know the context: with today’s media exposure, we’re more familiar with the players, their public personas, et al. The newspapers can’t really shape that for me anymore.

    My point is not some generic “newspapers are dead” (we’ll still need lots of good, energetic reporters in the field doing their jobs) or that today’s faster-paced, shorter-attention-span media is some holy beacon of unbiased truth. To be sure, the lack of depth and expert analysis in today’s reporting, the predilection for chasing clicks and not stories, is troubling. Archaic as it may be, it makes you worried for what life without old-school journalistic outposts like the Times would be like.

    But I find something interesting as sound bytes are delivered to consumers more directly, and in a way that gives the consumer greater discretion over where he or she gets their news: we’re more apt to chase the hard news, the information.

    We’re more than happy to fill the analysis in ourselves. On our blogs, and message boards and all-pervasive social media accounts. I still may need Ralph Vacchiano in the Giants locker room digging up quotes and information, but I sure as heck don’t need Mike Lupica to put it into context anymore.

    I’ve got all the information I need to do that myself.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Nice.

      For what it’s worth, there will still be a big role for “trusted editors” in the stream of nearly unlimited information that will come at all of us like water from a fire hose. Given that information will increasingly be “raw” rather than “filtered”, large doses of wisdom will be sought in order to create historical, social, political, psychological, experiential, context for what will be too much data for people to absorb and still get around to participating in the elements of life that most matter.

      I enjoy seeing and hearing the opinions of the very few “experts” who have, over time, proved their worthiness to me when you back-test their explanations and predictions, but even then I approach their “wisdom” with a protective degree of skepticism. We have to think for ourselves, learn whom we should trust, and then reach our own opinion as to whether that trustworthy source is right THIS time. No one is every time he/she utters anything. But there’s nothing wrong with looking at those opinions based upon how valuable, accurate, and usable that person’s or organization’s opinions have proved correct, or very close to it, in the past.

      Ergo, the hopes of a future for the likes of Dan, you, Haz, Jen, Paul and Casey.

  2.  Dirt says:

    norm,

    Rove, or a caricature of the type of athlete Coughlin prefers at MLB?

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Gotta say, while I was not surprised that Herzlich wasn’t up to the job, I was disappointed. We need Chase healthy.

    By the way, had we somehow won a game in which we were thoroughly outplayed the hero would have been one Osi Umeniyora who just happened to make another of those game-changing plays that make up for all the “wide-right” rushes he puts on the quarterback.

    He’ll probably be gone next year. And we will miss him.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    I’ll continue to pray for a SAM and/or MIKE in the spring. But alas, that prayer may never be answered. The choice will be yet another DE/DT/SS or CB.
    Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    In fact, if Reese finds another DE close to JPP in talent, then the Giant defense won’t really need any linebackers. The two hyper talented DE’s will pressure the QB and make tackles from side line to side line on running plays.
    And of course, they will never be taken out to rest during any game.

    YEAH……….RIGHT

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:

    All you G101′ers will get to see 1st hand Mr. Vontaze Burfict in action this weekend. LOL ( kinda joking, but not really).

    If i didnt train with him i wouldnt be as high on the kid.

    As for Cincy in general. They’re a good team. They have a good core of WR’s in Tate, Hawkins, and of course the 2nd best WR in the NFL in AJ Green. They also have a H-back/hyrbid TE in Gersham that has been playing VERY well as of late. Gersham is everything we thought Beckum would have been.

    Bengals defense isn’t so bad either. They have good CB play, and a good front seven. Gonna be a tough one for sure. But I like our chances.

    Oh and about AJ Green saying that we have holes in our defense, umm yeah. Of course we do. Every team does.

  6. That wild fire hose of information cuts both ways. It’s hard to say more information delivered at a higher rate is a bad thing, but as you point out it does raise the bar for personal diligence.

    My worry is that as those trusted editors and old-school, well-taught reporters transition into this next phase will not so much disappear or be phased out…my fear is that they simply won’t be passing on their legacies. They won’t be training, mentoring and working with suitable replacements. Guys like Vacchiano, Garafolo are perfect for what’s to come: old enough to have been trained and versed in the real world…and young enough to adapt, technologically, socially and professionally to this new world without sacrificing the core of the mission. But will the guys that replace them be able to say the same?

    After all, if 90 percent of your interaction with your boss and coworkers is electronic…well, let’s just say torch-passing becomes a bit more difficult.

    As for experts, you’re still probably going to be mostly in about the same place you were, having to educate yourself on the quality of the expertise and preconceived bias the expert brings to the table. Plenty of the anointed columnist and consulted experts in the national media are as much self-anointed as anything. I’m not so sure it will be any harder to judge one’s qualifications to be consulted or quoted on a topic, and to some degree the permanence of electronic record makes fact-finding and “track-record”-tracking a bit easier (again, if someone’s willing to do the work [there's that personal diligence thing again]).

    And that really is the biggest problem, is that the ease of access to information and proliferation of readily accessible and catered-to-the-social-media-massess analyses, probably doubles down any attention span problems (in a news sense, of course) that our country, on a macro- basis, is dealing with

    To your point about there being hope, FF55, you really don’t have to look any further than Mike Florio of PFT. I know a lot of people aren’t huge fans of his and think he’s a trashy tabloid/headline peddler, but let’s put that aside for the moment.

    What he did over at PFT really is an absolutely perfect case-study in how this secondary media thing works, especially in sports.

    First, tackled the issue that the internet made 24-hour news cycles, and the newspapers built around them, nearly obsolete. He filled the gap between morning papers, catering to a clearly developing demand.

    He started simply by aggregating — breaching the corners of the internet for rumors and compiling legitimate news reports and tidbits in one place (what a groundbreaking strategy, amirite?).

    He built a readership over time: a readership that flocked to a source where they ended up with the same access to the same news that was being peddled elsewhere, but delivered in a more conversational (and apparently likable) style. Over time, as blogs, twitter and online breaking of stories (as opposed to working for the morning paper) picked up steam, Florio had placed himself on the forefront: the only one in position to catch this rising wave at the right point. Sure, people might not like Florio or his opinions…but they don’t dislike him so much that they don’t read PFT, and there’s no singular substantive substitute for his product. He’s a singular point from which you can get most anything you need; you don’t need to obsessively follow three beat reporters, a few national guys and stay glued to ESPN 24/7 anymore.

    And along the way to the forum, look what happened: Florio, backed up by an attention to detail and an awareness of slander and libel laws from his career as a lawyer, stayed out of trouble. He was smart enough to call a rumor a rumor and as an aggregator, had a built in layer of plausible deniability (“Hey, I was just passing that guy’s report along. And I told you to be skeptical.”)

    And in staying out of trouble and becoming a nexus of the most timely information, he became a player in the news. A reporter. People called him to deny stories. People called him to leak stories. All of a sudden, he’s as much Adam Schefter as he is AJ Daulerio. And in doing so, Florio grounded himself in the basics of journalism at the very least to this extent: keep my butt out of trouble. Express opinion, sure. Pass along rumors, sure. But all along maintaining a lawyer-like approach to watching his wording and staying above board.

    And look at the result: he’s easily the biggest disseminator of NFL news. His site was bought for big bucks by a major media corporation and he’s turned the blog over to trusted bloggers/former beat writers while he’s moved onto the television and glory phase of his career.

    And in his wake, left PFT and an unmovable cog in the sports media. A flash point for dissemination and an earned right to analyze and editorialize.

    It could be a model for this thing of ours.

  7.  demo3356 says:

    You know up till last Sunday, the title of this article would be bad news, but fter watching Herzlich stumble around the middle of the field looking more lost than Kujo at a health food store, This article is actually welcomed and good news.

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    Uh-oh. I see up there on the right that Ernie Accorsi is going to find Richardson a new GM. Can the call to Marc Ross as a serious candidate be far behind?

    • Haha I’m writing that up right now.

      And Demo — Nothing changed on Sunday. Blackburn is still Blackburn and Herzlich is still Herzlich. Only the perception of those reading the headlines changed on Sunday.

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