Friday, September 20, 2013
Giants injury report: Webster doubtful
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster missed a second straight day of practice with a hip injury and is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers in Carolina. It's unclear how the injury occurred, since Webster practiced Wednesday with no apparent problems.
"Evidently he has an issue with his hip flexor, in that area somewhere," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after Friday's practice. "He couldn't practice yesterday and he couldn't go today."
Coughlin indicated that Aaron Ross, who didn't take a single defensive snap in Sunday's loss to the Broncos, would be the first one up to take Webster's spot if Webster can't play. But the Giants might have to adjust their coverage plan to put their healthy starter, Prince Amukamara, against top Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith for the whole game. Terrell Thomas has been the slot cornerback in the first two games, but he and Coughlin declined to say whether that would continue in this one.
Both secondaries will be banged up in this one. The Panthers lost one of their starting safeties, Charles Godfrey, for the season with an Achilles injury last week, and they list the other starting safety, Quintin Mikell, as out for this game with ankle injury.
Other Giants injury and practice notes:
Thomas has held up well through two games as he completes his recovery from a third reconstructive ACL surgery on his knee. He is good friends with Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who also has had three knee reconstructions. The two text regularly and have supported each other through their recoveries. Thomas said he and Davis are the only two NFL players who have made it back from three ACL surgeries, and that he's looking forward to seeing his friend and being on the same field with him Sunday.
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks missed practice, but the team said it was an excused absence for personal reasons and that Nicks is healthy and will play Sunday.