The New York Giants have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, and with three weeks remaining, it would be easy to understand if they opted to place players with lingering injuries on season-ending injured reserve (IR). But, at least in the case of running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), head coach Tom Coughlin said on Sunday that he does not envision shutting either of them down.
"Not unless it's called for," Coughlin said.
In addition to saying those two won't be shut down, Coughlin admitted he has no immediate plans to bench other veterans or substitute their playing time for rookies or depth players. Instead, Coughlin says, the team will attempt to win out.
"We're going to try to do the best we can no matter what," Coughlin added. "I don't know where else we go. Our team is our team, this is who we are."
Plans can change however, and the Giants will now be faced with several decisions on players other than just JPP and Jacobs. They're also faced with the reality that, with three weeks to go, cornerback Corey Webster (ankle) and tight end Adrien Robinson have barely seen the field this season — the latter having not seen it at all. And there's also the question surrounding rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib: should he be thrown into the fire to gain some experience?
The only thing that's for certain, at least as of now, is that the Super Bowl countdown clock in the Giants' locker-room should be removed.
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