New York Giants: Tony Ugoh

Bernard gets another chance at a ring

January, 28, 2012
This time around, Rocky Bernard would like to be on the team that gets remembered from the Super Bowl. When the defensive tackle played in his first Super Bowl back in 2005, his Seattle team was on the losing end of a 21-10 game to the Steelers.

"It still lingers," Bernard said on Friday about the loss. "No one remembers who lost the game. All the things that we accomplished that year kind of got overshadowed. It was kind of tough."

Bernard will be searching for his first ring when he plays in his second Super Bowl when the Giants take on the Patriots. The veteran is one of four players on the Giants who have been on a losing squad in the Super Bowl, along with safeties Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) and Deon Grant (Panthers), and offensive tackle Tony Ugoh (Colts).

"I know it's hard to get back to the game," Bernard said. "A lot of people can't say they've been to one of them, but this is my second time going. It's a special moment for me. Wasn't successful in my first one, hopefully this one will be different."

In his first Super Bowl, Bernard had two tackles in the loss to the Steelers. He said that he has shared his experience with his fellow members on the defensive line about what to expect and how to prepare for the game. Teammates Jason Pierre-Paul, Chris Canty, Linval Joseph and possibly Jimmy Kennedy will be playing in their first Super Bowl.

"Like physically, keeping in shape because you're not going to play this week so just doing a couple of things conditioning wise," Bernard said of the advice. "As far as mental aspect of the game, it's a long game, it's a long day, and it's a long process, just how to handle the whole day. You can't go in there and as soon as you hit the stadium go crazy because the game is played a couple hours later."

The defensive tackle in his third year with the Giants but was actually released by the team following the end of the lockout. Bernard still had two years left on the four-year, $16 million deal he signed prior to the 2009 surgery and was coming off triceps surgery.

Bernard said it was a situation in which the team did what it had to do for business and wasn't a situation in which the team cut him because they didn't need him anymore. He said he's glad he came back to the Giants and did not go to another team.

Now, he's a little more than a week away from playing in a Super Bowl and being part of a defensive line that is going to try to get after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"It's going to be a good challenge for us," Bernard said of the defensive line going against New England. "Usually when we're productive this team does really well. I think it's going to be another key component to our success."

Injury report for Thursday

January, 5, 2012


Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot)
Linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle)
Offensive lineman Tony Ugoh (ankle)


Tight end Jake Ballard (knee)
Running back Da'Rel Scott (knee)
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle)
Cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring)



Cornerback Brent Grimes (knee)
Linebacker Stephen Nicholas (toe)


Wide receiver Harry Douglas (groin)
Wide receiver Kerry Meier (groin)
Safety William Moore (groin)
Tight end Michael Palmer (knee)
Running back Jason Snelling (knee)
Running back Michael Turner (groin)


Defensive end John Abraham (not injury related)
Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring)
Running back Mike Cox (finger)
Tight end Tony Gonzalez (not injury related)
Wide receiver Julio Jones (thumg)
Tight end Reggie Kelly (back)
Linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle)
Center Todd McClure (not injury related)
Cornerback Christopher Owens (hand)
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (head)
Wide receiver Roddy White (hip)

Ballard works again

January, 5, 2012
The Giants had one surprise non participant in practice on Thursday in offensive lineman Tony Ugoh, but it appeared to be status quo for the rest of the injured Giants during the portion of practice open to the media.

Tight end Jake Ballard (knee): Ballard appeared to be doing some work in practice on Thursday. He was limited on Wednesday and has missed the past two games.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle): Herzlich was on the bike again and has not practiced this week. He has missed the past five games and might be in danger of missing his sixth straight.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee): Umenyiora looked to be practicing on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. He practiced all of last week and played Sunday night against Dallas and recorded two sacks.

Running back Da'Rel Scott (knee): Scott looked to be practicing on Thursday. He was limited in practice Wednesday after hyperextending his knee in Sunday's game.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot): Bradshaw was on the stationary bike as per his usual routine of missing Wednesday and Thursday and practicing Friday.