Thursday, December 26, 2013
Rueben Randle, other Giants injury updates
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle's knee swelled up during Wednesday's walk-through and as a result Randle did not practice Thursday. Randle said he's determined to play in Sunday's season finale against the Redskins, but that could depend on the results of tests on his knee and whether he's able to practice Friday.
"Hopefully it's not going to be much," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after Thursday's practice. "From time to time he has some issues."
The Giants are already playing without injured wide receiver Victor Cruz, and fellow starter Hakeem Nicks is wrapping up a very disappointing year in which he's still without a touchdown catch. If Randle, who leads the team with six touchdown catches, can't play, that would leave the Giants with Nicks, Jerrel Jernigan, Louis Murphy and recently promoted practice-squadder Julian Talley at wide receiver for the Redskins game.
It does appear, however, that the Giants will have some running back depth for the game. Starter Andre Brown, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's game in Detroit, was a full participant in Thursday's practice. So was backup Peyton Hillis, who missed Sunday's game with a concussion. Practice on Thursday doesn't necessarily guarantee that they'll be cleared to play Sunday, per the league's concussion protocol, but it's a strong positive sign in that direction.
Guard David Diehl, who missed Sunday's game with a knee injury, was listed as a limited participant in practice, and Coughlin seemed hopeful that Diehl would play Sunday in what could be his final game as a Giant. Also limited Thursday were defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (knee) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee).
The Giants who did not practice were Randle, Cruz, cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin), guard Brandon Mosley (hand), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), tight end Adrien Robinson (knee) and cornerback Jayron Hosley (illness). Mosley broke his hand Sunday and is having surgery later this week, so he's surely out for the game. Pierre-Paul hasn't played in a month and also is surely out. Robinson was active Sunday for the first time all year but hurt his knee on the opening kickoff. I think that likely ends up being his whole season.