Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Injury report: Giants are very healthy
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As they look for reasons to explain their 0-2 start to the season, the New York Giants won't find any excuses on their injury report. Wednesday's listed just two players -- offensive lineman David Diehl, who remains out with a thumb injury, and tight end Adrien Robinson, who was upgraded to a "limited" participant with a foot injury.
Everyone else on the current 53-man roster was healthy and participating fully enough to not even merit a mention.
"I hope it helps. I hope it pays off," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "This is what you're after. You'd like to be able to have a full menu every week. This may be a week where, God willing, we have a good week of practice, everyone stays on their feet without getting in any trouble in that regard and perhaps we'll have some good choices to make at the end of the week."
One player Giants fans seem to have their eye on is rookie defensive end Damontre Moore, who missed the bulk of the preseason and the season opener with a shoulder injury and played mainly on special teams in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Moore was drafted as someone the Giants hoped could contribute to their pass rush as a rookie, and a team that's collected only five sacks in its past seven games could use a spark there. Moore believes he could be one, though he doesn't know yet whether the team is ready to ask it of him.
"I do. I'm just going to go in there, and whenever my time comes, make sure I'm ready to do whatever they ask me to do," Moore said.
Coughlin said he'd like to see the rookie practice this week before deciding whether and how much to use him on defense Sunday in Carolina.
"Let's have a good week of practice there," Coughlin said. "Let's make sure the kid is really ready to go, and then let's see what we can do about that."