Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Still no David Wilson
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants
The news of the day: A lot went on Monday during the Giants' first day back at work after their bye week. The team announced that running back David Wilson's herniated disk was improving but that he still wasn't cleared to resume football activities. Wilson's going to get his neck looked at again in a few weeks, and they haven't put him on season-ending injured reserve yet, but that certainly remains a possibility. ... We spoke with Prince Amukamara about his own experiences with hazing in light of the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito story. Amukamara had a lot to say about the concepts of hazing and bullying in general and the key differences between his case and Martin's. ... Newsday spoke with Giants kicker Josh Brown, who knows Incognito and isn't surprised by his behavior. ... And yes, the Giants did some scoreboard-watching Sunday, and were disappointed with the results of the NFC East games.
Behind enemy lines: Of the two significant offensive players who left Sunday's game with injuries, the Raiders are more concerned with running back Darren McFadden's availability than they are with quarterback Terrelle Pryor's. McFadden has a hamstring injury and a history as a slow healer. Pryor's knee injury is being described by the team as "day to day," and the Raiders said he wouldd have been coming out of the game at that point anyway.
Around the division: How many touchdown passes does a guy have to throw to get named the full-time starting quarterback? Apparently more than the seven Nick Foles threw Sunday against the Raiders. ... The trial of Sean Taylor's shooter is over, and as John Keim writes, it's the latest occasion to reflect on what might have been had Taylor's life and career not ended far too soon.
Around the league: Tim Keown's column on the Martin/Incognito affair knocks it out of the park, addressing a core issue that you're not going to hear players address in their locker-room interviews about this while the story remains in the headlines. There are, plain and simple, a large number of people in the NFL who see Martin as the one in the wrong here. And that's sad. No matter how rough-and-tough your line of work is, there's no excuse for abandoning basic human decency. We're not on this planet very long, folks. No one's final words are ever, "I wish I'd been more horrible to people."