Coughlin still limping but in good mood

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
4:32
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Tom Coughlin stepped up a short flight of stairs toward the lectern for his Monday press conference with a very stiff limp. But as is his policy on injuries, Coughlin would not reveal the nature of his injury to reporters.

“Never better,” he said when asked about his leg. “I may not be able to run for a while.”

Coughlin also is among the walking wounded in the Giants locker room. The head coach suffered a left leg injury when running back D.J. Ware was shoved inadvertently into Coughlin on the sideline during the Giants 29-14 win over the Jets on Saturday.

Coughlin said he has not nor does he have any plans to visit a hospital to have his leg examined or undergo tests. He joked quite a bit about his leg injury, saying he was in the trainer’s room on Sunday but “to check on the players that were there.”

When asked if Ware was fined for running into the head coach, Coughlin deadpanned, “Uh, he’s no longer with the team.”

“The problem that I had is I relaxed because [the player] was out of bounds,” Coughlin said of the incident. “The only thing that happened was that 10 yards later, he got hit out of bounds. As [team CEO and owner] John Mara said, ‘Too bad you got hurt, we got the 15 yards.’”

Players like Justin Tuck repeated one of Coughlin's mantra to him after he took the blow to the leg about how toughness wins championships.

“It’s my fault,” Coughlin said of paying more attention while on the sideline. “It should have never happened, but it could have been worse.”
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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