New York Giants: NFL Injury Wire

Injury update: Jenkins in walking boot

September, 30, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants starting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins was wearing a protective walking boot on his lower right leg Monday in the Giants locker room, a day after the team's 31-7 loss to the Chiefs.

When asked to describe the injury, Jenkins said, "I think just a little tendon something, knee and Achilles. ... Hopefully like I said, just a couple days, get this thing treated, and get back going."

Head coach Tom Coughlin did not have further updates yet on the other players injured against the Chiefs. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and cornerbacks Aaron Ross (back) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring) all left the game early and did not return, plus linebacker Mark Herzlich was wearing a walking boot after the game due to a toe injury.

The same goes for starting center David Baas (neck) and right guard Chris Snee (hip), who sat out Sunday's game. "I’m waiting to hear on those kinds of things," Coughlin said. "The treatment is being conducted today as usual. We’ll see."

Jim Cordle and James Brewer started for Snee and Baas, respectively. Cordle was making his first NFL regular-season start, while Brewer was making his second.

"They played against a very good front and, for the most part, they did a good job," Coughlin said. "We did have a holding penalty up there and there were some occasions where we could have obviously done a better job or finished a block better than we did. They scrapped and I was pleased with what they accomplished. I wish obviously, it would have been perfect, but they did OK."
KANSAS CITY -- No big surprises on the New York Giants' inactives list for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Four of the seven -- cornerback Corey Webster, center David Baas, right guard Chris Snee and tight end Adrien Robinson -- had already been ruled out for the game and didn't fly here with the team.

The other three inactives are third quarterback Ryan Nassib, rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (who has been inactive for all four games so far) and safety Cooper Taylor, who suffered a shoulder injury last week in Carolina. Without Taylor, the only two active safeties for the Giants this week are starters Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy.

It's possible that cornerback Terrell Thomas could work some at safety if they need him to. He has said he knows the plays and has some experience there. The Giants have been using Thomas as a nickel cornerback this year, but the need for that position may not be as great in this game as it was against teams like the Cowboys and Broncos, who lean hard to three-receiver sets.

The Giants announced that Jim Cordle would get his first career NFL start as he replaces Baas at center. Cordle struggled in a preseason start at center against the Jets. James Brewer, who started at left guard in the season opener when Kevin Boothe slid over to play center, will start at right guard in place of Snee.

Veteran offensive lineman David Diehl, who missed the first three games of the season following thumb surgery, is active but is not listed as a starter. It's possible they could use Diehl as a second tight end in "big" short-yardage or goal-line packages, or that he's an emergency plan in case of an injury to one of the starting tackles, but it remains unclear to what extent he can help with his thumb still not fully healed and since he missed five weeks of practice prior to last week.

A lot of people ask about Hankins, who was the team's second-round pick. I don't think there's any reason other than the depth chart that he continues to be inactive for the games. The Giants have been happy with what Shaun Rogers and Mike Patterson have done at the backup defensive tackle spots, and there's no need for them to carry five at that position on gameday. Hankins is still developing his technique and his lower-body strength, and the Giants can carry a developmental player at defensive tackle right now.

One bit of potential good news for the Giants is that Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers is inactive due to a knee injury, which should help the Giants' receivers get open down the field. Of course, many of you may remember that last week in Carolina, the Panthers were missing three members of their starting secondary and none of the Giants receivers had a chance to get open because Eli Manning was getting sacked immediately on every play.

Giants report: Baas, Snee, Webster out

September, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants will need several backups to help them win their first game of the season.

The Giants will be without starters David Baas (neck), Chris Snee (hip) and Corey Webster against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

David Diehl is also listed as doubtful. He was able to practice on a limited basis this week so perhaps he will be able to make his season debut as he makes his way back from thumb surgery.

Jim Cordle could get the start at center against the Chiefs. If that happens, Kevin Boothe will remain at left guard and James Brewer will likely play right guard for Snee. The Giants could always slide Boothe to center and perhaps use Brandon Mosley at left guard.

Aaron Ross is expected to start for Webster. Safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) are questionable for Sunday but both practiced on a limited basis.


C David Baas (neck)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot)
G Chris Snee (hip)
CB Corey Webster (hip)

T David Diehl (thumb, limited practice)

S Cooper Taylor (shoulder, limited practice)
LB Jacquian Williams (knee, limited practice)

LB Spencer Paysinger (hip, limited practice)
CB Terrell Thomas (knee, limited practice)
DE Justin Trattou (ankle, limited practice)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Corey Webster said his hip felt "great" Thursday, but he ran off without elaborating or taking any further questions, which may have included, "Then why haven't you practiced in more than a week?"

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that he believed Webster could practice Thursday. But the starting cornerback, who missed last week's game in Carolina with a hip injury, did not practice Thursday, and his status for Sunday's game in Kansas City is doubtful. Aaron Ross, who played well in his stead in Carolina, likely would fill in again as the starter if Webster cannot go.

Cornerback Terrell Thomas was listed as a limited practice participant because of his surgically repaired knee, which hasn't kept him out of any game action yet this year. Thomas said Wednesday the team was backing him off a bit these next few weeks because the Giants are playing three games in 12 days starting Sunday. He expects to be able to play Sunday without any trouble.

Offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb), linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hip) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) also were listed as limited practice participants.

Linebacker Jacquian Williams missed a second consecutive day of practice with a knee injury. Coughlin also had said Wednesday that he thought Williams would practice Thursday. So like Webster, Williams seems not to be progressing as the Giants had hoped. Center David Baas (neck), guard Chris Snee (hip) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) were the other Giants who did not practice Thursday.

Giants injury report: O-line shuffle

September, 25, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's not necessarily a bad idea to change things up on the offensive line after you allow seven sacks in a game. But the changes with which the New York Giants are dealing are not by choice.

Starting center David Baas and starting right guard Chris Snee both missed Wednesday's practice with injuries. Bass has a neck injury and Snee has has a hip problem, though not the hip he had surgically repaired in the offseason. It's unclear whether either can practice this week or play Sunday, and as a result, the Giants are exploring a lot of possibilities.

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Rich Kane/Icon SMIThe Giants' offensive line could really use David Diehl, who might return this week following a lengthy rehab from offseason thumb surgery.
The most interesting is David Diehl, who practiced Wednesday for the first time since having thumb surgery five months ago. In the portion of the practice that was open to the media, Diehl worked at right tackle with the second-team line. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said earlier in the day that the plan was to get Diehl on the field and find out what he could handle. The initial timetable the team gave for his recovery was six weeks, so he's a bit ahead of that yet. He was listed as a limited participant.

If Diehl can hold up through the week of practice and play Sunday (assuming Baas and Snee are out), the Giants likely would leave Justin Pugh at right tackle and play Diehl at one of the guard spots. Jim Cordle worked as the first-team center Wednesday with James Brewer at right guard. But the team's preferred backup center is left guard Kevin Boothe. So it's possible you could see a Will Beatty-Brewer-Boothe-Diehl-Pugh alignment Sunday in Kansas City.

"Whoever's out there, we've got to go out there and compete and just be more physical," Pugh said. "It can't be like it was last week. We know we've got to do better. We know we can and we know we will."

Tough talk, but the Giants' line has been dismal for three games, and having to use backups to save the day likely isn't the best solution.

In other Giants injury news...

Cornerback Terrell Thomas was a limited practice participant because of his knee, but Thomas and Coughlin both said there was no new issue with the knee and that the plan all along has been to "manage" Thomas as he continues his comeback from multiple reconstructive knee surgeries. Thomas said part of the reason for holding back a bit this week is the Giants' next three games all happen in a 12-day span, beginning Sunday.

Linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hip) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) also were limited. Coughlin said he expected Paysinger to be fine and that Taylor would be held out of contact drills for a while.

Cornerback Corey Webster, who missed Sunday's game with a hip injury, did not practice. Coughlin said Webster was feeling better but still not cleared to work. It's unclear whether th Giants can expect Webster for Sunday, especially considering he did practice last Wednesday and this issue didn't flare up until Thursday of last week.

Linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) also missed practice Wednesday but is expected to return to the practice field Thursday. Tight end Adrien Robinson continues to sit out with his foot injury.

Giants' offensive line in flux

September, 25, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants center David Baas, who has a neck injury, and right guard Chris Snee, who has a hip injury, are both being held out of practice Wednesday and may not play in Sunday's game in Kansas City. On the flip side, offensive lineman David Diehl, who had thumb surgery five weeks ago, was scheduled to do some limited work in Wednesday's practice so the team could determine whether he might be able to play. Giants coach Tom Coughlin gave the updates in his morning news conference and basically said at this point he has no idea which offensive linemen would be able to go Sunday.

"We have eight or nine of them on the roster, so let's go," Coughlin said. "The guys that are healthy enough to go are going to have to go."

Coughlin said Snee's hip issue is not with the hip he had surgically repaired in the offseason, though that may be alarming if he's now developing a problem with the other one. Baas has had to miss time in the past with neck issues. If neither could go Sunday, the Giants likely would move Kevin Boothe to center and play James Brewer at one of the guard spots. The other guard spot could go to someone like Brandon Mosley or, in the ideal scenario, to Diehl. But the Giants don't know yet whether Diehl will be able to play. The original timetable on his recovery from thumb surgery was six weeks.

Regardless, a lot of new questions marks on an offensive line that gave up seven sacks in Sunday's 38-0 loss in Carolina. Not a good thing for a Giants team still looking for its first win of the season.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday that center David Baas and right guard Chris Snee were both dealing with "some issues" physically that the team was checking out this week. Coughlin did not specify, but people with knowledge of the situations said Snee was having problems with his surgically repaired hip and Baas was dealing with a neck problem similar to the ones that have troubled him in the past.

It's unclear to what extent the injury issues affected either player in Sunday's 38-0 loss to Carolina, in which quarterback Eli Manning took seven sacks, or whether they put Baas or Snee in danger of missing this Sunday's game in Kansas City. The Giants had meetings Monday and don't practice Tuesday, so it might not be until Wednesday until they know more on those players' status.

Coughlin also said he had no update on the status of fullback Henry Hynoski, who suffered a fractured shoulder in Sunday's loss. Hynoski said after the game that he was going for further tests Monday. It's possible the Giants would have to place Hynoski on injured reserve and sign or promote someone to replace him on the roster.

Safety Cooper Taylor, who also left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, said he felt fine and would play Sunday.

Giants injury report: Hynoski hurt again

September, 22, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If the New York Giants' offense is going to recover from its latest low point, it's likely going to have to do so without one of its most important blockers. Fullback Henry Hynoski left Sunday's 38-0 loss to Carolina with what X-rays showed is a fractured left shoulder.

Hynoski said he would have more tests Monday and declined to speculate on a timetable for recovery and return, though it's hard to imagine he's back anytime soon.

"We'll see," Hynoski said after the game. "If there's any way I can, I'll be the guy who can do it at the earliest possible date."

Hynoski landed hard on his shoulder after making a 5-yard catch from Eli Manning on the fourth play of the game and did not return. He's a critical part of a Giants run game that has had a hard time getting going this year even with him. And if they had to play without him for a long period of time, it would be a severe blow to a team that's already struggling with its run blocking as well as its pass protection due to problems on the offensive line and the offseason losses of key blocking pieces such as Ahmad Bradshaw and Martellus Bennett.

Backup tight end Bear Pascoe would serve as fullback in Hynoski's absence for however long that is.

Safety Cooper Taylor also suffered a left shoulder injury and had his arm in a sling after the game.

Backup Aaron Ross did a good job filling in at cornerback for starter Corey Webster, who was ruled out of the game Saturday with a hip injury. It's unclear whether Webster will be able to practice this week or play Sunday in Kansas City.

Giants' Corey Webster officially out Sunday

September, 21, 2013
New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster's chances of playing Sunday didn't look good when he showed up on Friday's injury report as doubtful with a hip injury. On Saturday, the Giants made it official, downgrading Wesbster to "Out" for Sunday's game against the Panthers and announcing that he would not make the trip to Carolina.

In Webster's absence, the Giants are likely to lean on backup cornerback Aaron Ross, who didn't get a single defensive snap in Week 2 against the Broncos. They could also use Terrell Thomas to help on the outside, but Thomas has performed well so far as the nickel corner and their preference likely is to leave him there as much as possible.

Carolina's top receiving weapons include wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Greg Olsen. Prince Amukamara, the lone healthy starter at cornerback, is likely to see a lot of time one-on-one with Smith.

The only other Giants not making the trip are offensive tackle David Diehl (thumb) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot), both of whom were ruled out Friday.

Giants' Aaron Ross confused about role

September, 19, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Aaron Ross is still listed as a second-stringer on the New York Giants' depth chart, but it appears he has fallen further down the list.

Ross did not play on a single defensive snap in the Giants' loss to the Denver Broncos last week. Terrell Thomas served as the Giants' third cornerback, and even when Thomas had the wind knocked out of him and left the game briefly, it was Jayron Hosley who replaced Thomas, not Ross.

In Week 1 against the Cowboys, Ross was on the field for 35 of the Giants' 77 defensive snaps. But starter Prince Amukamara went down with a concussion during that game.

When asked about the Broncos game Thursday, Ross said he has no idea why he didn't play, and that the coaches didn't say anything to him about it.

"I don’t know really what my role is, but I’m prepared for any time they call me," Ross said. "Just like [when] Prince went down in that Dallas game, they called my number, and I was ready and prepared to go in and help the team try to make plays. If my number’s not called, I’ll be in the supporting cast. And if it’s called I’ll be ready to go out there and ball."

Amukamara returned for the Broncos game, but fellow starting cornerback Corey Webster missed practice Thursday with a hip injury. Webster's status for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers is unclear at this time.

Ross, who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Giants, re-signed with the team this past offseason after a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and looked good during training camp.

Injury report: Webster sidelined by hip

September, 19, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A day after the New York Giants looked like they were at their healthiest in some time, Corey Webster did not practice due to a hip issue.

Webster played the entire game on Sunday against Denver and practiced on Wednesday. He missed some time during camp with groin and knee injuries so the hip might be a new issue. Terrell Thomas or Aaron Ross, who surprisingly did not play a defensive snap against Denver, could be the next man up if Webster's hip is still an issue by Sunday.

After being the only Giant to be limited in practice on Wednesday, tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) was not able to practice on Thursday. That is not a good sign for him as far as Sunday's game is concerned against Carolina. Also, guard Brandon Mosley and quarterback Ryan Nassib were new additions to the injury report. Mosley did not practice due to a back injury and Nassib did not practice because of an ankle injury.

Tackle David Diehl remains out of practice as he recovers from thumb surgery. He was the only Giant to not practice on Wednesday.


T David Diehl (thumb)
G Brandon Mosley (back0
QB Ryan Nassib (ankle)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot)
CB Corey Webster (hip)

Injury report: Giants are very healthy

September, 18, 2013
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."

Giants injury report: Nicks survives scare

September, 15, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning's pass on third-and-6 from the New York Giants' 49-yard line early in the second quarter hit Hakeem Nicks right in the hands, which made it odd that Nicks didn't catch it. Not only did he not catch it, but he ran off the field in agony, holding his left hand. He would later explain that he'd dislocated the middle finger on that hand, to the point at which the knuckle was facing downward. So you can see why it looked so painful. Assuredly, it was.

Fortunately for the Giants, it was a simple dislocation that team medical personnel were able to reduce on the spot, and Nicks was back in the game on the Giants' next possession. He caught three passes for 60 yards after the injury, and there's no reason to expect it to be a lingering issue.

"I think he's fine," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He dislocated it, they put it back in and he came back into the game.

Football, you see. Tough-guy sport.

Other Giants injury notes:
  • Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who played about 60 percent of the defensive snaps in Week 1 after missing the preseason following offseason back surgery, was not on the field with the Giants' first-team defensive unit to start the game. He played, but he's not getting a full starter's workload at this point, as the team is using Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka as defensive ends in its base defense.
  • Tight end Brandon Myers was beaten up all game, taking several big hits, but he finished the game. Afterward, Myers said he felt sore but was OK. The most significant injury might have been to his pride, as he tripped over his own feet following a 27-yard catch over the middle in the second quarter.
  • Safety Antrel Rolle, who was listed on the injury report Friday with a groin injury, played the whole game and was fine.
  • Defensive end Damontre Moore made his NFL debut after missing Week 1 with a shoulder injury but was not a factor.

Injury report: Damontre Moore active

September, 15, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rookie defensive end Damontre Moore is active and could make his season debut Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Moore was inactive last week with a shoulder injury that has kept him out since the preseason opener. As expected, center David Baas (knee), cornerback Prince Amukamara (concussion) and safety Antrel Rolle (groin) are all active and will start and play.

The Giants' inactives are quarterback Ryan Nassib, running back Michael Cox, tackle David Diehl, guard Brandon Mosley, tight end Adrien Robinson and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

With Cox inactive, David Wilson could return kickoffs potentially for the Giants.

Injury report: Rolle tweaks groin

September, 13, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Antrel Rolle was a surprise addition to the injury report after tweaking his groin Thursday in practice.

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, Rolle will play Sunday barring a setback. Tom Coughlin said Rolle experienced some soreness in his groin and did not practice Friday as a precautionary measure.

"They kind of shut me down and told me no," Rolle said of missing practice Friday. "Sit down and don’t do anything. I'll be all right, be fine, just a little more treatment and everything should be OK. ... I'll play come Sunday."

Cornerback Prince Amukamara, who was cleared from his concussion and practiced Friday, is also listed as questionable. Coughlin expects the corner to play Sunday barring a setback as well.

The Giants will also welcome back starting center David Baas, who will make his season debut after injuring his left MCL in the second preseason game against the Colts.

Backup running back Da'Rel Scott (knee) is probable and will be available Sunday. Rookie defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder) is listed as questionable. Linebacker Dan Connor (IR/neck), tackle David Diehl (thumb) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) are out.

Connor explanation: Coughlin said Connor was placed on injured reserve late Thursday after the middle linebacker underwent a series of tests on his neck. Coughlin said there was no time frame given for when Connor would have been ready to play again.

"If we are going to be a short a linebacker, we have to do something," Coughlin said. "So how we choose to maneuver within your 53[-man roster] and that is basically where the decision came from."

The Giants have Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger, Keith Rivers, Jacquian Williams and newly signed Allen Bradford at linebacker on the roster.

Wilson update: David Wilson is healthy but was plagued by fumbles against the Cowboys. Coughlin said Wilson did his job in practice this week as far as ball security and said there's a chance Wilson might be used on kickoffs again as the returner. Wilson had 1,533 return yards and a return touchdown last season.

"It's always a possibility," Coughlin said when asked if Wilson might return some kickoffs Sunday.

Coughlin would not say how many snaps Brandon Jacobs might get at running back.


LB Dan Connor (neck/IR)
T David Diehl (thumb/did not practice)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot/did not practice)

CB Prince Amukamara (concussion/full practice)
DE Damontre Moore (shoulder/limited practice)
S Antrel Rolle (groin/did not practice)

C David Baas (knee/full practice)
RB Da’Rel Scott (knee/full practice)