Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants
The news of the day: The Giants had a Thanksgiving Day practice and released an injury report that looked a lot like Wednesday's. Running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) did not practice. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (abdomen), cornerback Corey Webster (ankle) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) were listed as limited participants. The only change is Thomas, who was limited after not practicing Wednesday. But Pierre-Paul is the interesting one, because Giants coach Tom Coughlin made it clear earlier this week that he expects the shoulder injury suffered in Week 10 to bother Pierre-Paul all season. Pierre-Paul was on the field for fewer than half of the defensive snaps Sunday against the Cowboys. My sense is that there will be some weeks in which he can do more and some in which he can do less, but that he's probably not going to do a lot of practicing from here on out.
Behind enemy lines: John Keim thinks a big part of the reason for the Redskins' offensive struggles Monday was the absence of tight end Jordan Reed, who sat out with a concussion. But Reed says he's definitely playing Sunday night, and if he's right, that means the Redskins will be a healthier unit than the one we all watched look so inept against the 49ers.
Around the division: Down 21-14 to the Raiders at halftime Thursday afternoon, the Cowboys stuck with the run game and the short passing game and played a patient second half in which they dominated time of possession and Tony Romo didn't throw an incomplete pass. I was impressed. The Eagles now have to beat the red-hot Cardinals on Sunday to keep pace atop the NFC East.
Around the league: Remember when we were talking about this Sunday's Bengals-Chargers game as the potential replacement if they decided to flex Giants-Redskins out of prime time? Turns out it'll be the first local blackout game of the year.