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New York Giants’ Starters Missed 91 Combined Games Due to Injuries in 2013, Highest in NFL

January 10th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Just how badly did injuries impact the New York Giants in 2013? Well, in addition to the $25.82 million spent on 13 players who ended the season on Injured Reserve (IR) and the additional $9.2 million in dead money, a study done by Rick Gosselin shows that Big Blue led the entire league in games missed by starters with a combined 91.

Of those 91 games missed by starters, Gosselin points out that a whopping 26 of them came along the offensive line. Additionally, due to safety Stevie Brown being placed on season-ending IR in the preseason, the Giants were one of only six NFL teams who had at least one starter miss all 16 games.

The next closest team to the Giants was the Indianapolis Colts, who saw their starters miss a combined 86 games. That was something co-owner John Mara alluded to during his WFAN interview on Thursday, but made sure to point out that injuries weren't the only reason the Giants struggled to a 7-9 finish.

"No one else was even close," Mara said, referring to Gosselin's study. "[But] that's not an excuse."

In addition to the 13 players who were placed on season-ending IR, the team also waived/injured a number of others dating back to May. Those names include tight end Michael Palmer, wide receiver Kirs Adams, wide receiver Keith Carlos, offensive lineman Chris DeGeare, cornerback LaRon Scott, offensive lineman Selvish Capers and running back Da'Rel Scott. The team had also placed linebacker Dan Connor on IR, but later released him with an injury settlement.

But that, of course, wasn't all for the Giants. Fullback Henry Hynoski, before being lost for the season, started the year on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, as did defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who also ended up missing the last several weeks of the year, and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn.

Meanwhile, running back Andre Brown was placed on short-term IR after suffering a broken leg, forcing him to miss a large amount of time as well.

Whether the Giants (or their fans) want to use this as an excuse or not, there's no denying that injuries most certainly were a factor during a poor 2013 campaign. In total, 25 transactions were made as a result of injuries, 21 total players were lost and those numbers do not even include injuries sustained in the final game of the season or some of the players (ie. Adrien Robinson) who missed time due to injuries that didn't result in additional transactions.

Hard to be successful with that much turnover and shuffling.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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26 Responses to “New York Giants’ Starters Missed 91 Combined Games Due to Injuries in 2013, Highest in NFL”

  1.  skinnydoogan says:

    Was just at another site who says the OC contest will be between 2 Sullivan (Coughlin’s choice) and Mcadoo (Mara’s favorite) I wouldn’t mind anyone not named Sullivan.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Mara wins. Maybe he knows too much of the same is already in place.

      But you can mark it down. As sure as he said we needed more offensive line aggression last year, Reese spat out Pugh. Just pay close attention to what Mr. Mara says and you will see that come to fruition in players and policy.

      It’s just a fact of life. We may lot like what he says or wants. But what he say’s and wants is sure as hell going to happen with a very slim chance of variance.

      Check out his post season comments last year, and what he’s related so far this year. I am sure you’ll find everyone (Coughlin included) falls in line.
      I’m sure Mara likes/respects TC. But in the end, Mara’s word is what this team is going to march to.

    •  TuckThis says:

      Not sure where that site gets their info, but if true should be an interesting showdown.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        Especially considering they named one favorite who has yet to interview.

        What site would this be?

        •  skinnydoogan says:

          lol Bigblueview, was just looking Dan…..

          •  skinnydoogan says:

            I never said it was true, was just throwing some sh** on the wall. Kind of a slow day.

            • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

              I just hadn’t seen nor heard that, or of that prior to a candidate interviewing before. Did it list some deeper Mara connections that perhaps were unknown previously? If so, then there may be some substance to it. If not, it sounds like pure speculation.

              •  skinnydoogan says:

                I doubt it, just speculation probably, I usually don’t take much stock in what they say over there, was just throwing up something to talk about. Guys name is Ed Valentine on that site.

                •  skinnydoogan says:

                  They were speculating that he represents the sort of change Mara is looking for. Personally I don’t think Mara cares, I have stated this before, stadium is sold out just like the old one was, why move heaven and earth to change things.

                  •  skinnydoogan says:

                    My guess? Sullivan would still have to be considered the betting favorite, although if he was a lock the Giants would have just given him the job already. Watch out for McAdoo. He comes with the huge endorsement of Rodgers and a reputation as a rising star in the coaching ranks. If he wows the Giants when he interviews on Saturday he could end up with the job.

                    This is part of the piece…….

  2.  Krow says:

    We’re # 1 … we’re # 1.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    Injuries are of course not an excuse. BUT THE ARE. Funny how that goes.
    Ask KC and soon (because they will no longer be playing the AFC least) the New England Patriots.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    Duaaaaa…..”BUT THEY ARE”

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:

    This is an incredible stat, IMO.

    How Jerry Palmeri has a job is just beyond me. Something needs to change in their strength and condition workouts. This is unacceptable.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Go tell the S&C guy at Stanford that we’ll pay him whatever he wants to switch to us. They play pro-style, smash-mouth football and almost never have a plethora of injuries. He has some interesting theories about flexibility, cross-training, and resting periods. It amuses me that Coughlin came in and immediately trashed his predecessor by stating that “injuries are a cancer”. Yet here we are, a decade later, and the Giants have been among the most-injured teams in the NFL on a lot more than rare occasions.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Make no mistake about what is happening around this team now. John Mara is as sick of this stuff as are we. He will remain respectful, as he should, of Tom Coughlin, and grateful, as he should, that he helped bring two championships to this town. So he won’t fire him. But he is clearly signaling him that he isn’t happy with a lot of things and they have to change, and I certainly don’t see any rush to make an announcement that there are contract extension talks going on.

    Clearly, Gilbride took the bullet knowing that the entire staff was going to be fired if he didn’t. Anyone who cannot see that Mara was going to make Coughlin choose between Gilbride going and Coughlin taking the Munchak Solution is just not looking.

    Clearly, Mara has made it clear that the entire staff and front office did an awful job regarding the offensive line and the offense in general.

    Clearly, Mara has all but told Jerry Reese that he’d better not draft projects this time around or he can be doing that elsewhere in April of 2015.

    And clearly, John Mara is telling the fans, “I’ve had about enough of this c-rap as have you”. He has surprised me. I disagree with those who think he’s happy to just sit back and count his revenues. I think the Sleeping Dog has awakened.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      I will believe that when I see him hire anyone not named Sullivan, unless of course he just brings him in for one year to placate Coughlin, then dumps everyone after this upcoming season.

  8.  Krow says:

    I’m not against Sullivan. It makes sense with a veteran QB to hire someone familiar with the system. It may not be the sexy move. But there’s a certain logic to it.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      The only people who will take the job will be those who really need a job now or who think that they will get a legit shot at having the top job come 2015 or 2016. It comes with very little security because if this team doesn’t make the playoffs next season Tom Coughlin is gone and all of his staff with him except for anyone promised otherwise. The big names and most promising college coaches won’t take that plunge, the first because I don’t think Coughlin would hire them, and the second because they would want a better option.

      Sullivan fits both criteria above. He needs a job and he might think that he has a real chance at being TC’s successor. I’m not so sure about the latter, but it only matter what HE thinks, not what reality might be. I’d love a really “different” voice but know that this offense will be Coughlin’s, for the most part, in 2014, in any case.

    •  buljos says:

      Perfectly logical Krow, but I would offer for consideration not consistent with what Phillip Rivers is experiencing and saying in San Diego. They didn’t bring in somebody to make Rivers feel comfortable that the system is pretty much staying in place. I’ve been in San Diego for a while now, and the word here is Rivers had to relearn and change to a new system, and that has rejuvenated his game. Maybe Mara’s looking at what happened with San Diego, who in some way is a bit like the Giants a few years ago sneaking into the playoffs but nobody’s real excited about playing them. Beating Denver in Denver, KC in KC, holding Indy to 9, etc… and putting the Giants to shame in San Diego didn’t happen because ownership thought with a veteran QB hiring somebody familiar with the system was the best answer for 2013.

  9.  TroyThorne says:

    I’m personally against the hiring of Sullivan as it would represent the very thing we all feared most: the same old thing. Another Coughlin disciple who “knows the system” and won’t bring about any sort of change or real step forward. Throw in the fact he got bounced off the Bucs after a single year after helping to coach one of the worst teams in the league and I’m less than excited about his potential (and probable) hiring. I like what Ben McAdoo brings to the table. Made Matt Flynn look like a decent QB, helped to coach Aaron Rodgers, and has been under Mike McCarthy (one of the better offensive minds in the NFL) for years and years. I’d be pretty surprised if he got the nod though.

  10.  Kettles78 says:

    Is there anyway to does anyone know of anywhere to find the injury stats for the Giants as far as pulls vs breaks for example?

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