- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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Between the walking boot, wrapped elbow and the hard cast, there were plenty of Monday morning injuries to the Giants.
The most significant is to Ramses Barden, who is "unlikely" to play again this season after sustaining an ankle fracture and ligament damage. Ohm's story is here.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said it was extremely disappointing for Barden, who had been ready to take on a larger role.
"Let’s think of the player first, okay," said Coughlin. "He had gained some confidence, he was making a strong contribution. As far as I could tell yesterday, he did a pretty good job on kickoff return, blocking from that front, the spot he manned. What Ramses needed to do was play, get out there and play, get the ball down in the green zone, throw it up high – just like the one he didn’t come down with – but put him in that situation, put him out there against really outstanding competition, let him compete, let him perform, let him play. That’s exactly what was going to happen and it’s unfortunate that he will not be able to continue."
With Barden out and WR Steve Smith (pectoral) unlikely to return this week and Victor Cruz on the IR, the Giants have just three active receivers in Mario Manningham, Duke Calhoun and Hakeen Nicks (who declined to answer questions in the locker room today after the loss to the Cowboys.) In house, Darius Reynaud might be an option.
Coughlin said the team could look to add a player, Derek Hagan's name was brought up.
Sinorice Moss, who had a sports hernia, was placed on IR and waived recently. Signing Moss is not a possibility due to restrictions tied to the injury settlement he took when he was waived.
LB Jonathan Goff had his elbow wrapped. Coughlin said it was overextended. Goff said he felt fine. DE Dave Tollefson had a walking boot on his right foot, but said he expected to be back at practice on Monday.. He felt lucky, he said, given how painful it was when he first felt a shooting pain in his ankle during the third quarter.
Starting LG Kevin Boothe had some patella tendinitis and TE Kevin Boss had a sore lower back that Coughlin described as a lumbar strain. The offensive line will be a patchwork again this week, since LT David Diehl (hip/hamstring) and C Shawn O'Hara (foot) unlikely to return for the Eagles yet, although Coughlin said both are feeling better, "but how that figures into our plans for this week, I’m not sure."
OL Mitch Petrus, a rookie who was in 27 plays last night, said he was so worried when he saw Boothe go down with an injury early that he wasn't even thinking of what it meant for him, and for a second he was surprised to hear his name called.
The offensive line didn't play well on Sunday, with penalties and several costly mistakes. You can read more on that here. Coughlin said he reviewed the holding call on Boothe that negated Nick's fourth quarter touchdown and said he didn't see a penalty there.
With that out of the way, Coughlin said there need to be changes as a result of the 33-20 loss, and he didn't need to point out that the Eagles are on the horizon.
"But we’ve got to re-establish who we are. We’ve got to clean up these penalties, the missed assignments – all of that stuff has got to get cleaned up," Coughlin said. "Regardless of how we figure the chemistry of the groups on either side of the ball or with special teams, that’s all got to get cleaned up and cleaned up fast."
Deon Grant said the loss had nothing to do with overconfidence.
"That isn’t in our character," Grant said. "That isn’t even in this locker room. I wouldn’t even allow that. I’m one of the oldest guys in here and I won’t even allow that. We work hard every day and we stay humble. We don’t see us in the media with our chests out and with an S on our chest like Superman. That’s not even in our character."
The Giants are 6-3, and head to Philadelphia for the Sunday night game.
"When you play Philly, you have to play perfect," Manning said. "Everybody has to be on the same page and everybody has to see things the same way. Routes have to be perfect, and the offensive line has to know who they’re blocking and be ready for their blitz packages and everything they’re doing. You can’t afford to make mistakes, and when we get opportunities, we have to run with them and take advantage."
Still, the consensus seemed to be that it was too soon to panic.
"Everything we still want to do is right in front of us," DE Chris Canty said.
Between the walking boot, wrapped elbow and the hard cast, there were plenty of Monday morning injuries to the Giants. The most significant is to Ramses Barden, who is "unlikely" to play again this season after sustaining an ankle fracture and ligament damage.