New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his first press conference of the year on Wednesday, and in typical fashion, the first series of questions were all injury-related. Surprised, right? No? Neither were we.
Out of the gate, the pre-practice injury report included David Baas (knee), Andre Brown (leg), Victor Cruz (heel), Jayron Hosley (ankle), Henry Hynoski (knee), Damontre Moore (shoulder), David Diehl (thumb), Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and Adrien Robinson (foot).
"To answer your first two questions, yes and yes," Coughlin said preemptively. "Both Victor Cruz and JPP will practice. … Full speed ahead."
As it relates to some of the other players, Coughlin noted that Damontre Moore has "missed a lot of time," but added that he's participated in every meeting and several walkthroughs. He also said that center David Baas is getting "a little better each day."
Despite focus on the injuries, Coughlin expressed excitement about getting things started and playing a meaningful game against the Dallas Cowboys this coming Sunday.
"It's an exciting challenge. A tremendous challenge," Coughlin said of the Cowboys, adding that he hopes going 4-0 in AT&T Stadium "gives us a little psychological advantage going down there."
Finally, Coughlin wouldn't name a No. 2 running back, simply saying "we'll see." And as it relates to having only three safeties on the roster? He raved about recent practice squad addition Jawanza Starling, and said there are "other guys" who could step up.
And with that, not only are Cruz and JPP "full speed ahead," but so to are the New York Giants and week one of the NFL season. It's football time!
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