Sunday, October 6, 2013
Beason, Hill, Jenkins active for Giants
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No surprises on the list of inactive players the New York Giants released for Sunday's 1 p.m. ET game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. The four players who'd already been ruled out Friday -- defensive tackle Linval Joseph, center David Baas, cornerback Jayron Hosley and tight end Adrien Robinson -- are inactive, as is cornerback Corey Webster, who was listed as doubtful and will miss his third game in a row with a groin injury. The other two are wide receiver Louis Murphy, who has an ankle injury, and quarterback Ryan Nassib, who's a weekly given as an inactive.
That means defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is active in spite of missing some practice time last week with knee and Achilles injuries. The Giants list Jenkins as a starter, but it remains to be seen how much he'll be able to play. Starting at the other defensive tackle spot in Joseph's place is Mike Patterson. And rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is active for the first time and should see some action as the Giants try whatever they can to stop Eagles running back and league-leading rusher LeSean McCoy.
Also active for the first time this year are safety Will Hill, who missed the first four games of the season on a drug suspension, and linebacker Jon Beason, who just joined the team Friday in a trade with the Carolina Panthers. Beason is unlikely to see time on defense, since he hasn't practiced with the team yet. It's possible he could play some special teams, but it's also possible he's active just because he's healthy and so many others aren't. With the Giants' next game scheduled for Thursday in Chicago, it's possible Beason wouldn't work into the mix on defense until Week 7 at the earliest. He's basically a flyer they took to see if he could be a better option for them at middle linebacker down the road than Mark Herzlich or Allen Bradford.
David Diehl is listed as the starter at right guard in place of Chris Snee, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve Friday. Diehl will be seeing his first game action of the year. He missed the first three games following thumb surgery and didn't play last week in spite of being active for the game. Jim Cordle makes his second straight start at center in place of Baas.
Trumaine McBride gets his first start at cornerback in Webster's place. Aaron Ross, who started in place of Webster the past two weeks, was placed on season-ending IR on Saturday.
Much more to come from MetLife Stadium, so keep checking back here throughout the day as the Giants continue to look for their first win of the season