Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Injury roundup
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: Monday was the day the Giants' players had to show up to clean out their lockers. It was mandatory this year that all of the lockers be completely empty, since a few weeks from now the NFC champions will be using that locker room during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Giants players weren't thrilled about that, but they blamed themselves for not being that team.
There were a number of injury issues addressed and we'll run through them quickly here:
GM Jerry Reese said running back David Wilson had another exam scheduled in January to determine whether doctors recommend surgery for Wilson's neck injury. Reese said his impression is that the surgery would enable Wilson to return in time to play in 2014, but that nothing is certain with neck injuries. Andre Brown is a free agent, and running back is obviously a position the Giants must address in the offseason, since they can't be sure they'll have Wilson at all.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said he may need surgery on the shoulder he injured in Week 10, but that he won't know that for about a month. He said he waited too long to get back surgery last year and his goal is to have the shoulder at 100 percent well ahead of the start of the 2014 season. "My goal is to find out right away if I need surgery so I can come back healthy," Pierre-Paul said.
Reese said left tackle Will Beatty, who broke his leg in Sunday's season finale, looks likely to be ready in time for 2014. But Reese and the Giants would like Beatty to be healthy in time to have a full offseason program because, as Reese said, "He didn't play as well as we hoped he would play."
Running back Brandon Jacobs was still on crutches as he recovers from cartilage graft surgery on his knee. He said the surgery leaves open the possibility that he could return to the field, but that he's not sure yet whether he wants to. He also said he wouldn't play for any team but the Giants.
Other news Monday included Tom Coughlin saying he hoped to be back as head coach and Reese and owner John Mara saying they wanted him back. But as we reported here Monday night, Coughlin's return is still not a certainty, as issues need to be worked out regarding his contract and his coaching staff. Stay tuned for news on that this week, as offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride seems to be at the center of the issues. Coughlin doesn't want to fire him, but other of the team's decision-makers may, especially with Mike Sullivan now available after being fired by the Buccaneers. The extent to which Coughlin would stand up for Gilbride may yet impact this entire situation more than many might have expected.