New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference in a relatively mellow mood considering his team is 0-6, and he immediately addressed the injury situation.
The pre-practice injury report included the following payers: David Baas (neck), Jayron Hosley (hamstring), Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), Adrien Robinson (foot), Cooper Taylor (shoulder), Terrell Thomas (knee), Corey Webster (groin) and David Wilson (neck).
Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, Coughlin says Baas, Jacobs, Robinson, Taylor and Hosley will practice. He also said the team will bring Webster along slowly, indicating that he may also participate on a limited basis. Meanwhile, the status of Thomas was not discussed, but he will likely practice as well.
As it relates to Monday Night Football and their week seven game against the Minnesota Vikings, Coughlin says he fully expects the Vikes to pound away with the run in an effort to get the Giants in the box, and then take their shots deep. To combat that, tackling will be key. Coughlin added that the Giants will need to "get a lot of men to the ball," while the defensive line wins their "one-on-one matchups."
On the offensive side of things, Brandon Jacobs will lead the charge, although the coach noted that they do expect Peyton Hillis to contribute right away.
"He ran hard. He was spirited. He was physical. He gave our team a lift," Coughlin said of Jacobs.
In terms of pass protection, Coughlin now feels fullback John Conner is familiar enough will the offense to pitch in, saying he provides the team with a "security blanket."
Finally, the most telling comment made by the coach was when Eli Manning was the target of the questioning. Still laughing over the Vikings' media and their suggestion to bench Eli, Coughlin says he immediately dismissed the thought.
"I dismissed that question. … We're gonna win again with Eli," he said.
And now, it's time for practice.
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