EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No formal announcement yet, but it looks as though the New York Giants will have to play Thursday night's game in Chicago without running back David Wilson. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday that Wilson was undergoing a full medical evaluation after leaving Sunday's game with a neck injury, and the team re-signed running back Da'Rel Scott on Tuesday. Scott took part in Tuesday's practice, but Wilson did not. Wilson had a uniform on but no helmet and stood off to the side as the rest of the team went through its work.
If Wilson can't play, Scott, Brandon Jacobs and Michael Cox would be the only halfbacks available for a team that ranks near the bottom of the league in rushing yards and is still looking for its first win of the season. Wilson's injury could linger beyond this week, in which case the Giants could look to bring in another back next week. They have 10 days off between Thursday and their next game, Oct. 21 against the Vikings, so they could bring someone in from the outside and get him up to speed in that time. Scott was the only sensible option for this short week, since he was on the team last week and could be thrown right back into the mix with minimal preparation.
Also off to the side during the open portion of Giants practice were tight end Brandon Myers (ankle), long snapper Zak DeOssie (back), defensive end Damontre Moore (hamstring), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder).
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who missed Sunday's game with leg injuries, was back at practice and appeared to be full-go. Wide receiver Louis Murphy also returned to practice after missing Sunday's game with an ankle injury. Linebacker Mark Herzlich and cornerback Terrell Thomas, who appeared on the Monday injury report, were working.