New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference in a no-nonsense mood. Frustration has clearly begun to boil over, and he wasn't feeling up to answering the same question a dozen different ways. Rather, as has become the norm, he dove head-first into the injury situation prior to the media peppering him with questions regarding it.
The Giants' pre-practice injury report included the following players: defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad) and cornerbacks Prince Amukamara (illness), Corey Webster (ankle) and Terrell Thomas (knee).
Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, JPP, Taylor, Jenkins, Prince and T2 will not practice. Webster will continue participating on a limited basis, and Coughlin expects both Prince and Thomas (who is on his normal day of rest) to return tomorrow.
As it relates to Brandon Jacobs and his season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) designation, Coughlin said it's likely B-Jac would have landed there regardless of whether or not the team was still in the playoff hunt. He admitted that Jacobs' knee hasn't gotten much better, even calling the veteran "incapacitated."
As for the players who can actually still put the pads on, Coughlin says little will change in regards to who plays and who doesn't. Despite playing for very little over the remaining three weeks, the head coach says players who have earned the right to play will continue to play.
"We're going to try to win with the roster we have. Our roster is our roster. We've been playing a lot of people," a very annoyed Coughlin said. "The people who are playing have earned the right to play."
Rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib, apparently, has not earned the right to play. Coughlin says although he's done a good job as a scout team QB, Nassib will not play "at this point." Instead, the Giants will do what they've done over the first 14 weeks of the season and attempt to rebound — ideally, with the support of the fans.
"We are a resilient team. I believe we will bounce back," Coughlin said. "We are the New York Giants."
Oh, and what of that Super Bowl countdown clock in Big Blue's locker-room?
"I didn't put it up, so I'm not taking it down," Coughlin scoffed.
And with that, it was time for practice.
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