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Giants’ Markus Kuhn Out for Season with Torn ACL; Domenik Hixon Suffers High Ankle Sprain

November 13th, 2012 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants received some awful news on Monday, learning that rookie defensive tackle Markus Kuhn had suffered a torn ACL during a 31-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The seventh-round pick will miss the remainder of the 2012-2013 season, and quite possibly a large portion of the 2013-2014 season.

“[Kuhn] plays a big role,” Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell said. “[He's] done a really nice job. Nobody really talks about him and that’s good, because he just comes in and does his job. That’s probably why you don’t talk about him, because he’s done his job. Markus played anywhere from 10-15 plays and those 10-15 plays he would take off Chris Canty, or Rocky Bernard, or Linval Joseph were key plays that he didn’t really make a lot of mistakes. He was very solid in what he was doing. Before he exited the game yesterday, Markus had a pass breakup. I think if you look, he might have two, three, four pass breakups that nobody mentions.”

In addition to Kuhn's injury, the team also announced that wide receiver Domenik Hixon had suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday, but no timetable has been given for his recovery. Typically, high ankle sprains linger and take quite some time to heal.

With Kuhn headed to Injured Reserve (IR), the Giants will need to sign another defensive tackle. It's possible they may bring back Marcus Thomas, who was with the team briefly earlier this year, or possibly Jimmy Kennedy, who was with them all of last season.

Finally, head coach Tom Coughlin revealed that Ahmad Bradshaw's foot issues have resurfaced and that the running back will undergo a barrage of tests in the coming days.

“He’ll have probably every test known to man here in the next couple of days," Coughlin said.

Bradshaw had already been on a once-a-week practice schedule, and saw a significantly diminished role against the Bengals as a result of his injury.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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16 Responses to “Giants’ Markus Kuhn Out for Season with Torn ACL; Domenik Hixon Suffers High Ankle Sprain”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Sad news about Kuhn.

    Anyone know how many snaps Canty had Sunday? I know he was hurt previously and I don’t remember seeing him or hearing his name Sunday.

    I like the Giants chances against the Packers with a healthy Phillips, Williams and Canty. Provided the entire team doesn’t quit again.

  2.  Dirt says:

    The entire problem with this offense revolves around Bradshaw and Diehl.

    Teams are doubling both Nicks and Cruz and daring the Giants to beat them short and on the ground. Bradshaw finished with gaudy numbers, but his early production (which directly correlates with the early hole) is more representative. What’s worse is that he was frequently being shut down with 6 in the box. And on passing downs, I watched the Bengals skip using 7 defenders to cover 5 eligible receivers when Bradshaw was out there, and use 7-8 defenders to cover 4 eligibe receivers, completely ignoring Bradshaw. Because he’s zero threat in the pass game. And when rushers were blowing by Diehl, Bradshaw wasn’t blocking any of them.

    So, as long as Ahmad “3rd and long” Bradshaw is creating those situations, and so long as he contributes nothing to get out of the situations, he’s creating impossible situations for Eli.

    And Diehl makes it even more difficult.

    •  Dirt says:

      Additional contributing factors, making it that much more difficult to get out of these situations:

      - Banged up Nicks
      - Banged up Bennett (which I’ve long suspected but it was confirmed yesterday – torn sac in his knee)
      - Swapping Manningham for Hixon/Randle/Barden

      Good news is most of these issues resolved (replacing Bradshaw and Diehl, getting Nicks and Bennett healthy) is possible this season.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I think this weekend with 4 QBs going down shows Eli’s hidden value. Eli never misses any time and if he’s hurt you never would know it. 4 starting QBs go down including big ben which can change the complexion of especially the NFC playoff picture. I think with the news that Eli won’t throw until Monday does gives some credence to the tired arm rumors. I’m saying anything major is wrong with Eli but to me it’s like a pitcher who is skipped a start. It can’t hurt.

    GB is going to be a tough game but make no mistake about it they are banged up and starting to lose players like 2010 all over again. So while GB is formidable by no means is this last year’s regular season game.

    Kuhn injury sucks for him but as a 4th DT it shouldn’t be a big deal. Austin if needed should be able to play the same snaps. With him headed to IR I don’t think we sign another DT, we still have 4 on the roster. It was only wanting to keep the 2 young kids that caused us to keep 5 DTs to begin with. I think we could see Petrus re-signed or a CB signed.

    Hixon with a high angle sprain will be out a while so now is the time for Randle. I think Barden is a solid player and he can be really effective when Nicks and Cruz are playing great. But right now that’s not the case, we need another WR to make plays and Randle has the talent to do so. Jernigan will also now be active and I wonder if he can get a package to provide a handful of snaps that take advantage of his speed and quickness in open field.

  4.  kujo says:

    Dunno if this was posted:

    Here’s Jerald Ingram quote on the “cost” of David Wilson’s explosiveness: “Yeah, he’s explosive. But at what cost is he explosive?” said Ingram, the Giants’ RBs coach. “OK? Is he explosive at the cost of not being able to protect well, not being able to know his job well enough, being a pro? That all has to develop. Now does that make him hungrier? That’s one thing I think we’ve always done here at the Giants. Our running backs learn to understand that ‘Hey, you’re not going to get on the field until you learn how to handle all those things.’ And they have always made them better. … It’s about winning games. It’s not a popularity contest. You know what you can do, but hey, it’s time for you to grow up and be a man now and see what you can do with the whole ball of wax. … It’s hard to stick him out there and feel comfortable that he can handle the whole ball of wax.”

    •  Krow says:

      Why didn’t they know all this before they dropped our #1 pick on him? Doesn’t the typical scouting workup include a character analysis?

    •  Dirt says:

      We did discuss this last night, and I think we all still wonder what the hell it means.

      Popularity contest? Really? That’s what the player is making out to be?

      Not knowing his job well enough? Isn’t RB the easiest college-to-pro transition, and wouldn’t the nation’s #2 runner have a good chance at making said transition?

      Not being able to protect well? Has this been proven or disproven? Have they taken an honest look at the myth that says Bradshaw is good at this, which was dispoven in part Sunday?

      It’s about winning games? So you put an ineffective guy out there who contributes to losing the games?

      Hungrier? I have no way to measure this, although he seems hungry. I guess he needs to pop a teammate in the head of scream at his coach to elevate to an appropriate level of hunger.

      But at least they acknowledged his explosiveness. So there’s some hope that the light is on and reality at times trumps loyalty/rearview mirror.

      •  Krow says:

        Sounds like they’re saying he has maturity issues or something. Duh … he’s 21. But I don’t really care if he plays video games all day and texts pictures of himself in his underwear all night … as long as he runs the ball with authority. It’s football. The kid isn’t up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

        9 games … 18 carries … do the math. Not near enough for a #1 pick.

  5.  JimStoll says:

    Too bad about Kuhn; he was a great camp story and a nice young rotational guy.
    He’s now being replaced by austin who is quickly turning into JR’s biggest draft bust of all. Maybe the loss of Kuhn will force more Tuck/Kiwi/JPP inside and Tracy will see some snaps. who knows, maybe even an Ojomo activation.

    Hixon likely done for the regular season; high ankles are 6+ weeks.
    Bradshaw’s feet problems may be the proverbial BID; forces the giants to use Brown and Wilson
    Wonder if they’ll activate Martinek off the PS

    WR looks to be a problem. No one really stepped up consistently as the number 3 to begin with. The Giants seem determined to force-feed Randal (despite letting Wilson wallow on the bench) but he has yet to respond. Jernigan looks like garbage. Maybe they activate douglas.

    You see, this is my solution to the season: all those guys who the coaches deemed to good to release but not good enough to be on the final 53 or be active game day, those are out saviors.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, here’s what has been my position regarding Bradshaw.

    I said last year that while I admire his toughness and tenacity, he is not and never will be a strong #1 back even though he might have been capable of that before he suffered his injuries in his second season here.

    Defensive coordinators do not need to fear the Giants’ running game because while Bradshaw might reel off a few good runs in a game he is not a breakaway threat and has really become a “keep ‘em honest” chess piece just in there to set up the pass by making a few decent runs. NO TEAM fears him or our running game. They set their entire defense to stop Eli, and figure they can take care of defending our runs by controlling Bradshaw and our offensive linemen by just winning one-on-one contests.

    Coughlin may want to ignore his usual dictums when it comes to Bradshaw, but he has NEVER kicked the habit of fighting for the last few yards by pushing or punching defenders with one arm while failing to secure the ball with two when he’s in heavy traffic. He is ALWAYS a turnover risk as a result. He nearly cost us last year’s title with two big fumbles in the two most critical games that we, very fortunately, recovered.

    He is a very poor receiver. The myth that Eli cannot deliver the short pass is absurd given what Tiki Barber did while Eli was delivering the ball to him. I don’t want to hear any of you armchair quarterbacks continue to insist that the lack of a short passing game is in any way Eli Manning’s fault. Until now, he has not had a back who is worth spit as a receiver since Tiki retired. And both of them generally warm up the pine rather than show up in the huddle.

    Having said all that, I conclude that Ahmad Bradshaw is a good emotional leader, a very tough kid, a fighter who has a solid football mentality, and a mediocre NFL running back who is probably somewhere in the bottom third of the primary running backs in the league right now. I don’t see him as any better than the Jets’ Greene. And that ain’t good.

    And there sit Andre Brown, who when given the chance looked like he could be a top-third running back, CAN be an effective receiver, and has not put the ball on the ground; and David Wilson, the “immature” one, who WOULD make defensive coordinators worry when game-planning, can take a hand-off or short pass to the house, and has fumbled ONCE all season despite returning kickoffs (which induces fumbling when a player isn’t good at ball security). Maybe Wilson is a baby and lazy and full of himself. Okay, make him grow up. And maybe brown doesn’t make the Giants a “dangerous” running team. But he would, I think, make us at least as good, and definitely more multi-dimensional, were HE the lead runner on this team.

    This whole running back pecking order has become a complete mystery to me. I don’t wish injury on anyone, certainly no member of the Giants, but if Bradshaw’s problems lead to the end of the “Bradshaw era” then I’m okay with that. This team needs to go in another direction.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Really too bad about Kuhn.

    At this point I wouldn’t mind seeing Tuck play more inside. He certainly isn’t doing much at DE on a consistent basis. And I’m no longer concerned about extending his career. He probably won’t be playing beyond this contract. You can see that the WILL is gone. He has mentally already moved on. And so will Reese.

  8.  kujo says:

    Didn’t we hear about how Wilson aced the pre-draft psychological evaluations? That he had this great personality that endeared him to the scouts and the coaches?

    So where the hell did this “he’s immature” meme come from? And why are our coaches sh*t talking their first and second round picks in the press this year?

  9.  Krow says:

    Doug Martin … 173 carries … 862 yards … 7 TDs … 23 receptions … 296 yards … 1 TD.

    1158 yards of offense.

    Now I’m not saying Wilson should get that many touches. But so far he’s had 18. 19 if you count his 1 pass reception for 3 yards.

    At camp he was scary fast … head-turning explosive. What happened? Did he sit too close to Beckum at lunch? Is this a pick Reese wanted but the coaches didn’t? Is it the one damn fumble? I mean it’s not like we have this great ground attack and he can’t crack the lineup.

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