New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference in a relatively good mood, although not as chipper as you'd expect following a win. That, as it usually does, likely had to do with their injury situation.
The Giants' pre-practice injury report includes the following nine players: cornerbacks Jayron Hosley (hamstring), Terrell Thomas (knee) and Corey Webster (groin), running backs Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) and David Wilson (neck), linebacker Spencer Paysinger (ankle), defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (knee), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder).
Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, Jacobs, Wilson, Rogers and Paysinger will not practice. Hosley, Thomas, Webster, Taylor and Robinson will participate on at least a limited basis.
As far as the players on the field, Coughlin spent a good amount of time talking about wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and his struggles, which include six drops this season.
"He's gotta get to the point where the reliability factor is there," Coughlin said. "The competitor he is, he's aware [of his play]."
Coughlin added that he doesn't believe the thought of free agency is distracting Nicks, but wouldn't answer when asked if he thinks Nicks is 100% healthy.
"What do you see," Coughlin snapped back at the reporter. Adding: "We count on this guy."
On the defensive side of the ball, Coughlin said the team will continue to rely on Trumaine McBride so long as injuries plague the secondary. He praised the youngster for stepping up and playing hard, improving each week, but hinted that once healthy, Corey Webster would return to his starting role.
And with that, it was time for practice as the Giants prepare to see Chip Kelly's offense for the second time this season.
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