New York Giants: James Brewer

The New York Giants on Tuesday placed linebacker Jacquian Williams and offensive lineman James Brewer on season-ending injured reserve due to lingering concussion symptoms. The moves raise the total number of Giants players on injured reserve this season to an absolutely stunning 22 -- enough to field a full offense and defense (though they'd be without a quarterback, a tight end and a couple of other key positions).

To replace Williams and Brewer on their roster, the Giants promoted defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton from their practice squad and signed guard Adam Gettis from the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad.

Williams was the Giants' starting weakside linebacker and leading tackler for the first nine games of the season, but he never fully recovered from the concussion he suffered in the Week 10 loss at Seattle. He'd been cleared to return to the practice field a couple times since then, but he would develop symptoms again after practicing and had to be shut down.

Brewer was inactive for the first 10 games of this season but was playing right tackle in Week 13 in Jacksonville when he suffered his concussion.

The Giants also signed safety Thomas Gordon to their practice squad to fill Hamilton's spot.

Here's the full list of Giants on injured reserve:

CB Prince Amukamara

DE Robert Ayers

LB Jon Beason

OL James Brewer

RB Michael Cox

WR Victor Cruz

WR Marcus Harris

RB Peyton Hillis

KR Trindon Holliday

CB Travis Howard

WR Jerrel Jernigan

DE Mathias Kiwanuka

OL Troy Kropog

LB Terrell Manning

WR Mario Manningham

CB Trumaine McBride

OL Geoff Schwartz

OL Adam Snyder

S Cooper Taylor

CB Walter Thurmond

LB Jacquian Williams

RB David Wilson

Beckham, Kuhn, Brewer out for Giants

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The New York Giants announced Saturday that rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (shoulder) and offensive lineman James Brewer (back) are all officially out of Monday Night's regular-season opener in Detroit due to their injuries.

None of that is a surprise, since the injuries kept those players from practicing all week and they're not prepared to play even if they were to be healthy enough by Monday. Beckham hasn't had a full practice since organized team activities due to hamstring problems and is likely still at least a few weeks away from playing. In his place, Jerrel Jernigan is likely to play on the outside when the Giants are in their three-receiver sets. Victor Cruz would be in the slot and Rueben Randle on the outside opposite Jernigan.

Kuhn's absence shortens the defensive tackle rotation and could mean more plays than originally anticipated for third-round rookie Jay Bromley behind starters Johnathan Hankins and Cullen Jenkins and reserve Mike Patterson. The Giants' preference is to rotate four at that position.

Brewer was unlikely to see action even if healthy, but his absence makes it more likely that the Giants would turn to newly-signed offensive lineman Adam Snyder if they had an injury to a starter on the offensive line.

Linebacker Jon Beason (foot), tackle Charles Brown (shoulder) and guard Brandon Mosley (back) all are listed as probable for the game. I'd expect Beason to start at middle linebacker, but likely not to handle a full starter's workload. He missed all of training camp while rehabbing his foot injury from June and only returned to practice last week. Mosley was the starting right guard in camp but may have lost that job to John Jerry, who's more likely to start at right guard Monday at this point.
We get to watch the New York Giants' OTA practice Thursday, but they had one Wednesday, and the team's official website has a report on some of what happened there. You can read the whole thing here, but here are some of the more noteworthy items:

David Wilson was practicing. Wilson still hasn't been cleared for contact, as far as we know, following last season's neck surgery. The Giants have said they are optimistic that he will be, but they've also said they have to prepare as though he won't be, just in case. But it has to be taken as a good sign that he's working in these late-May non-contact drills. Giants.com reports that Wilson worked as a running back and a return man Wednesday.

Eli Manning was practicing. As we discussed earlier. The Giants' team site reports that Manning "put in a full day" and took first-team snaps.

The offensive line alignment. Apparently, the first-team offensive line was, from left tackle to right, James Brewer, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Chris Snee and Justin Pugh. No surprise that Walton, who signed before Weston Richburg was drafted and has been practicing in the new offense longer, gets first crack at starting center. But there will be a camp battle there. Mild surprise that Brewer and not Charles Brown was the starting left tackle in place of rehabbing Will Beatty. Richburg worked at right guard with the second-string offensive line, next to Dallas Reynolds at center. But make no mistake, the Giants used an early second-round pick on Richburg because they liked him at center. And while they'd like to know whether they can count on him as guard insurance, center is the position at which they plan to use him.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants GM Jerry Reese has a reputation as a guy who doesn't say much publicly. And listening to his pre-draft news conference Thursday, it was easy to find some evidence to support that reputation. Lot of "we want good players" and "we keep all options open" kind of GM-speak in there, for sure.

But I don't agree that Reese never gives you anything. When I listened at the news conference and played it back to transcribe it, I heard a guy who took several opportunities to offer honest assessments of the state of his roster. Especially with regard to the offensive line.

This is what Reese said about the line in general following a free-agency period in which he signed four outside free agents, two of whom project as starters right now:
"We have work to do still on the offensive line. We brought some offensive linemen in, but we're still going to try to get players on the offensive line. And the defensive line, linebacker. Every position could be upgraded more for us."

It's that last part that feeds into the notion that Reese is just giving GM spiel and not offering any real insight. And I'm sure he has no interest in baring his deepest concerns to a group of reporters in a May 1 news conference. But the first part of what he said there indicates an honesty about where things stand with this roster and a line that fell apart so completely last year as to cripple the offense in its crib every single week.

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AP Photo/Paul JasienskiGM Jerry Reese spoke Thursday at length about the Giants' offensive line.
Reese signed Geoff Schwartz to play left guard and J.D. Walton for center, but Walton hasn't played in two years due to injury and wasn't super-great in the two years he started for the Broncos prior to that. The Giants have looked at a few centers in advance of this year's draft, and it's clear that Reese isn't averse to upgrading that position just because he signed Walton. He was asked who besides Walton on the current roster could play center, and he said this:
"Well, Dallas Reynolds is a center, and there are some more guys. [Chris] Snee can play center if you wanted him to play that. He takes snaps in there in practice at times. So we'll continue to add depth at every position."

Yeah, somehow I don't imagine Snee, coming off a second hip surgery in as many years just to try and get back to the right guard position he's played for the past 10 years, all of a sudden starting at center for the Giants. I think the guard spots are where the Giants want to be strong, but center is an important position in today's NFL, and Giants fans should be encouraged by the notion that Reese isn't satisfied with what he has there.

As for Snee and that recovery, here's what Reese said about him:
"You never know with a guy coming off injuries like he's had the last couple of years. Chris would probably be the best judge of that, for me. I think Chris will be honest with us, and if he feels like he can't do it, he'll definitely let us know. But he's feeling very good right now, and hopefully he'll continue to feel good and he'll be back to help us out."

We've discussed this on here before, but if Snee is healthy and returns to something resembling mid-career form, that's a huge difference-maker for the Giants' offensive line. If he can't answer the bell and they have to mix and match at right guard with guys like John Jerry and James Brewer and Brandon Mosley, that's a problem -- especially if center is a question mark as well.

Over on the left side, left tackle Will Beatty is coming off both a down year and a broken leg, and the first name Reese mentioned as a backup option for Beatty was former Saints tackle Charles Brown:
"We brought some offensive linemen in. The kid from New Orleans that we brought in, he played a lot of football there. So right now he's probably the next option behind Will. You could even move Pugh over there if you wanted to. Brewer is a kid that has talent and could play out there, but we haven't played him out there."

No, they haven't, because for all of Brewer's perceived talent, he's never shown the ability to translate it into effective NFL play. They've used him at guard mainly, but some at tackle, and he's had plenty of opportunities. But I'm thinking that if Brewer had to play left tackle, Eli Manning might just come down with a severe head cold that day if you know what I'm saying.

I was more intrigued by the idea of 2013 first-round pick Justin Pugh, who started 16 games at right tackle as a rookie, sliding over to the left side. Because that feels like the kind of thing you'd do for the long term -- as in, if you don't think Beatty is the answer there after all and you think Pugh is ready to take over the big chair. But Reese backed off a bit on that and indicated he was just talking about potential short-term solutions if Beatty had to miss time:
"We're just keeping all of our options open. Pugh is one of those guys who can play all over your front. We like the flexibility he brings."

They like him at tackle and don't intend to move him, but when the Giants drafted Pugh last year they did discuss his versatility amid their uncertainty about what their long-term offensive line needs were going to be. If they were to draft a tackle in the first round next week, for instance, Pugh surely could play guard. Many teams viewed him as more of a guard prospect than a tackle prospect in advance of last year's draft.

Reese said versatility was one of the things the Giants look for in an offensive line draft prospect but that it wasn't essential:
"I think we like guys who are versatile -- versatile players, if a guy can play guard or tackle. But we're not going to pass up a left tackle who we think is only a left tackle because he can't play guard or center or a different position. But the more you can do in this league, the better off you are. You may save yourself a roster spot if you get a guy who can swing from guard to tackle or from center to guard, something like that."

A guy in this year's draft who seems to fit that profile is Notre Dame's Zack Martin, who could be in play for the Giants at that No. 12 spot in the first round. Reese was asked whether he saw Martin as a guard or a tackle:
"I just see him as a good offensive lineman. That's how I see him. I think he has some flexibility to play both, but I just see him as a good offensive lineman."

Could he play center?
"I'm not sure. I don't think he's ever played that position for Notre Dame, but probably. It's a possibility that he could play center, yeah. "

See? Lots of information in there about the way Reese views this portion of his roster. I think you can safely speculate that they wouldn't pass up a chance to take a top tackle like Taylor Lewan if he were available just because they signed Beatty to a large contract and picked Pugh in the first round last year. I think you can safely speculate that they've looked at Martin and like him, and that they will be looking out for a center if one presents itself in the second or third round. My sense from Thursday was that offensive line remains a major concern for the Giants, and after the way they played it last year it's tough to blame them.

I also think it's clear that Reese views himself as still in the process of solving this and the Giants' many other roster problems -- as opposed to viewing himself as having already solved them in free agency. But I'll have more on that idea Friday.

Giants' last five drafts: 2011

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With the NFL draft still a relatively painful three weeks and one day away, we're taking a look this week at the New York Giants' last five drafts to see how much they've helped. Today we look at the 2011 draft, which saw the Giants pick a defensive back in the first round and then kind of flail around a bit.

The Picks

First round (19th overall): Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Second round (52): Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina

Third round (83): Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

Fourth round (117): James Brewer, OT, Indiana

Sixth round (185): Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

Sixth round (198): Tyler Sash, S, Iowa

Sixth round (202): Jacquian Williams, LB, South Florida

Seventh round (221): Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland

Still with Giants: Amukamara, Jernigan, Brewer, Williams

Still in NFL: Austin (Cowboys), Jones (Titans),

Games played with Giants

Amukamara: 36

Austin: 8

Jernigan: 36

Brewer: 24

Jones: 20

Sash: 29

Williams: 46

Scott: 20

Review: The Giants have already received more in terms of playing time and production from the second half of their 2011 draft class than they did from their 2009 and 2010 draft classes. Williams was a strong performer during the 2011 playoff run, especially in the NFC Championship Game victory in San Francisco, and could end up being a starter at linebacker this year with a good camp. Jernigan showed something as a Victor Cruz replacement in the final weeks of 2013. And Amukamara is a legitimate starting NFL cornerback. But all of that said, Austin was a swing-and-a-miss in the second round as an injury guy they hoped would work out. Brewer hasn't turned into anything in spite of repeated opportunities. And Jones, Sash and Scott were bit players at best at their peaks. Again, as we've discussed all week, you don't assume you're getting anything in those fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. But if you go three or four years without hitting on anything at all in those rounds, your roster gets thin in a hurry. If you've been following this series all week, you've seen that the Giants haven't turned up many helpers in the late rounds in the last half-decade. This draft was about Amukamara, a guy who fell to No. 19 in spite of pre-draft projections that had him in the top 10, and not much else.

Grade: D.
The New York Giants don't like to build their team through free agency, so the fact that they have signed 19 free agents in the past two weeks indicates they have felt they had little choice. Theirs was a roster in such an extensive state of disrepair that they had to go out and apply as many free-agent band-aids as possible. No way the draft was going to fix all of their immediate needs. No one has enough picks for that.

The signing Friday of John Jerry, one of the former Dolphins offensive linemen who was implicated in the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal last month, is an indication of just how difficult things get when you have to be as active in free agency as the Giants have.

Jerry
Time was, the Giants would have steered way clear of anyone involved in what happened in Miami because they don't need the issues that could arise from inviting potential discord into their locker room, and they had other options for filling whatever hole they were trying to fill. But right now, with cap space dwindling and significant needs still looming with the pass rush and passing offense, the Giants are on the lookout for bargains. And in large part because of what happened last year in Miami, Jerry comes at a bargain price.

Our man Adam Caplan reports that Jerry's deal is for one year and $770,000, with only $25,000 guaranteed. That makes this a no-risk signing for the Giants from a financial standpoint. He'll come in and compete for a roster spot with guys like James Brewer and Brandon Mosley, and if he makes it he could be a useful backup at several positions or even a potential starter if Chris Snee can't answer the bell. Jerry is 27, turning 28 this summer like almost every other free agent they've signed, so he fits the age profile to which they have tried very hard to adhere. (The only player they've signed who is over 30 is kicker Josh Brown.) There are reasons the Giants can convince themselves Jerry makes sense for them, but if he had cost any more to sign than he did, they likely couldn't have brought him in.

This is a tough game the Giants are playing, and it's one in which they are justifiably uncomfortable. There is no way to sign 19 or more free agents and expect them to all work out for you. At best, they are going to end up hitting on maybe half of these signings and have to address the holes left over from the misses again a year from now. Free agency is an imperfect science, fraught with imperfect solutions to larger problems. That is the state of the Giants right now, and the fact that they had to go out and sign someone like Jerry from the pool of backup guards because the Raiders signed Kevin Boothe illustrates it as well as anything yet has.

Injury report: JPP out

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Pierre-Paul will miss his fourth straight game because of a shoulder injury.

Pierre-Paul joins WR Victor Cruz (knee), S Cooper Taylor (hamstring) and RB Peyton Hillis (concussion) as Giants who were ruled out against Detroit.

"The doctor won't clear him unless certain things happen and so far, they haven't," Coach Tom Coughlin said.

G David Diehl did not practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful to play Sunday.

"Right now he is just not able to go out there and practice the way that we would like him to," Coughlin said. "We'll see. Maybe another day will help. We thought today would be a day he would be able to do some work and he actually came out and did some things, but we just didn't put him in our practice."

G James Brewer (ankle) and WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee) are listed as questionable.

Here's the Giants injury report:

OUT
WR Victor Cruz (knee)
RB Peyton Hillis (concussion)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder)
S Cooper Taylor (hamstring)

DOUBTFUL:
G David Diehl (knee)

QUESTIONABLE:
G James Brewer (ankle)
WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee)

PROBABLE:
DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad)
CB Trumaine McBride (groin)
CB Terrell Thomas (knee)

Injury report: Anyone healthy?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants didn't have enough stationary bikes for all their injured players Wednesday.

Ten players did not practice as the team prepared for Sunday's game in Detroit. The most notable absences were wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee/concussion), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), and guards James Brewer (ankle) and David Diehl (knee).

Here's the full injury report:

GIANTS

DID NOT PRACTICE
OG James Brewer (ankle)
WR Victor Cruz (knee/concussion)
OG David Diehl (knee)
RB Peyton Hillis (concussion)
DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/squad)
WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee)
CB Trumaine McBride (groin)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder)
WR Cooper Taylor (hamstring)
CB Terrell Thomas (knee)

LIONS

DID NOT PRACTICE
S Louis Delmas (knee)
WR Calvin Johnson (knee)
LB DeAndre Levy (foot)
P Sam Martin (groin)
TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle)
CB Darius Slay (knee)
S John Wendling (ankle)

LIMITED PRACTICE
CB Chris Houston (toe)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It has been a tough year for the New York Giants' offensive line, which has lost starting center David Baas, starting right guard Chris Snee and backup center Jim Cordle to season-ending injuries. Now, with a game looming Sunday against the formidable defensive front of the Detroit Lions, the Giants are dealing with more injuries along the line. Starting right guard David Diehl missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury, and left guard James Brewer missed practice with an ankle injury.

If neither can suit up Sunday, the most likely offensive line combination, left to right, would be Will Beatty/Dallas Reynolds/Kevin Boothe/Brandon Mosley/Justin Pugh.

Diehl said he hurt his knee during Sunday's loss to Seattle but kept playing in spite of feeling it swell up. He sounded optimistic about recovering in time for Sunday's game in Detroit.

"Hopefully I can keep making progress and I'll be rolling out there Sunday like normal," Diehl said.

When training camp started, Diehl was projected as the starting right tackle. But he broke his thumb in the preseason and rookie Pugh took over that spot. Diehl took the right guard spot when Snee got hurt. Boothe, originally the starting left guard, moved to center after the injuries to Baas and Cordle, and that elevated Brewer to a starting role.

It's been a season-long game of musical chairs, and quarterback Eli Manning has already taken a career-high 36 sacks. But the Giants continue to express confidence that they'll find reinforcements if they need to.

"It's the NFL," Boothe said. "So if you couldn't play, you wouldn't be in this room. We'll have five guys out there Sunday and we'll make it work."

Cruz, nine others miss Giants practice

December, 18, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin walked to the podium for his regular Wednesday news conference, someone mentioned something to him about the roster.

Cruz
"What roster?" Coughlin joked, before reading a list of 10 players who would not practice Wednesday due to injuries.

The biggest name on the list is wide receiver Victor Cruz, who left Sunday's game with a concussion and a knee sprain. Coughlin said Cruz was going through the league-mandated concussion protocol but that the knee injury "will probably prevent him from doing anything." It does not sound as though Cruz can be expected to play Sunday in Detroit.

Cruz's backup at slot receiver, Jerrell Jernigan, also wasn't practicing, as he has a knee injury. Coughlin said he was "inspired" by the toughness Jernigan showed when thrown into Sunday's game as Cruz's replacement. The Giants put cornerback Corey Webster on injured reserve Tuesday so they could elevate wide receiver Julian Talley from the practice squad due to the numbers problem at that position.

Guards James Brewer (ankle) and David Diehl (knee) are missing practice Wednesday, which is another potential issue as both are currently starters. Brandon Mosley replaced Brewer in Sunday's game, but they'd have to use someone else (Stephen Goodin? Dallas Reynolds?) at right guard if Diehl were to miss the game Sunday.

Cornerbacks Terrell Thomas and Trumaine McBride and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins are out with knee, groin and shin/quad injuries, but all three missed practice last Wednesday and still played Sunday. Running back Peyton Hillis is missing practice due to his concussion. Safety Cooper Taylor missed Sunday's game with a severe hamstring injury and remains out.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also remains out with the shoulder injury that has kept him out of the last three games.

Coughlin said he would have to adjust the way the team practices since only 43 members of the roster were able to work. He said the teaching portion of practice would be the same but that the "speed work" would be cut in half due to lack of numbers. Coughlin also said he hoped to have three or four from that group of 10 back at practice Thursday, though he couldn't say which specific three or four offered the most hope.

"Whoever comes through the door," Coughlin said, "we'll be happy to have them."

Giants injury report: No news on Cruz

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday afternoon that he had no new information on the injury status of wide receiver Victor Cruz, who left Sunday's game with a concussion and a knee sprain. While that's tough to believe, the Giants have their own way of doing business, and any injury update on Cruz likely has to wait until Wednesday.

Cruz's status for Sunday's game in Detroit and the season finale a week later at home against the Washington Redskins is, to some degree, out of the Giants' hands. Since he has a concussion, he'll have to go through the league-mandated concussion protocol before being cleared to play by independent doctors. We've seen a wide array of recovery times on this around the league. It's possible he'll be cleared to play Sunday. It's possible he won't be cleared until the following week. It's possible he won't be cleared in time to play again this season. The Giants can only wait and see.

The knee sprain, however, is another matter. If Cruz were cleared by the concussion protocol, the extent of the knee problem would be something the Giants and their team doctors would have to evaluate before deciding whether to allow him to practice and/or play. With two games left and no hope of finishing .500, let alone making the playoffs, it's possible the Giants could decide to shut Cruz down for the rest of the season if his knee is at all in question. Cruz has 998 receiving yards, leaving him just two short of cracking the 1,000-yard mark for the third year in a row.

Running back Peyton Hillis also left Sunday's game with a concussion, and Coughlin also said he had no update on him. Likewise guard James Brewer, who left with an ankle injury that he indicated wasn't too serious. Given the way Brewer has played since being elevated to a starting guard spot, it's possible they could take a look at Brandon Mosley at left guard in the final two games even if Brewer is healthy.

Also no news Monday on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury and appears unlikely to play again this season.

Giants must juggle offensive line again

November, 27, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It has been going on since the preseason. The New York Giants, due to injuries along the offensive line, have repeatedly had to reconfigure their starting five at those crucial positions. A season-ending knee injury to center Jim Cordle, who'd been filling in for injured center David Baas, is the latest issue to be resolved.

As of now, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday, the team will stick to the arrangement it used Sunday when Cordle had to leave the game against the Cowboys. Kevin Boothe moves from left guard to center, and James Brewer comes off the bench to start at left guard. Boothe has no problem with the move. He says he takes practice reps at center anyway, and he's played it in games for the Giants as well. Brewer is the question mark.

"My plan is to make the most of it and play well," Brewer said. "I already played before. I started against Dallas in the first game and against Kansas City at right guard. I've already done it. For me, it's to show the coaching staff I'm the right man for the job."

There's pretty much nothing behind Brewer on the depth chart at this point, so unlike the spot starts to which he referred, this is likely to be a longer-term audition. The Giants have five games left, and unless there's another injury or he's completely incompetent, Brewer looks likely to start all five.

The new alignment looked very good as a run-blocking unit Sunday, when the Giants racked up more than 200 rushing yards against the Cowboys. But they know they have to play a more complete game together and do a better job of blocking for Eli Manning and the passing game.

"We have to make sure we do a better job of protecting Eli and give him enough time," left tackle Will Beatty said. "We all work together in practice and in the meeting rooms, so it's not a big change with a new guy to my right or to Kevin's left. We just have to make sure we're still all communicating."

Beatty and rookie Justin Pugh have started every game at the tackle positions, but the interior of the line has seen a great deal of upheaval, with David Diehl having replaced the injured Chris Snee at right guard and the shuffling as mentioned at left guard and center. As a result, the Giants have often found themselves vulnerable to interior pass-rush pressure from opponents. That's not likely to change, even with people lining up at different positions. The task will remain the same, and likely not more or less challenging as a result of the shifts.

"It's unfortunate that Jim went down," Boothe said. "But we have worked too many different combinations in practice for anyone to think it's going to be a big problem to adjust."

Big Blue Morning: Woe-line

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Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants

The news of the day: The Giants placed center Jim Cordle on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury. Since Cordle was playing in place of starting center David Baas, and Baas is also on injured reserve, this sends the Giants to Plan C at center. And no, the fact that "center" begins with "C" does not make it all okay. The most likely arrangement is Kevin Boothe moving from left guard to center and James Brewer taking over at left guard, which is what the Giants did Sunday when Cordle left the game. But that is neither certain nor ideal, and it's possible the Giants have some other plan of which we'll learn today. Either way, it's not likely to help with the problems they're having against the interior pass rush. The line did a heck of a job blocking for the run Sunday, but they need to find some way to keep the defense off of Eli Manning better than they have. On a marginally related note, I cannot wait to hear what Hakeem Nicks has to say today.

Behind enemy lines: As poorly as this season has gone for the Giants, it's gone worse for the Washington Redskins, the team they'll face Sunday night. Mike Shanahan has one year left on his contract as the Redskins' coach and is spending much of his time these days defending the work he's done in the first four.

Around the division: Eagles coach Chip Kelly officially named Nick Foles the team's starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. As Phil Sheridan writes, the decision was an obvious one based on the numbers Foles has put up in his five games since stepping in for the injured Michael Vick. Now, Kelly gets to find out how Foles operates knowing he's the guy, as Kelly continues to try to figure out whether he'll need to go quarterback shopping in the offseason or if he already has his answer.

Around the league: Drug suspensions don't just hurt the suspended players. They hurt their teams. Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate is 100 percent right when he says the drug violations that will cost his teammates significant time are the results of selfishness. The Seahawks have the best record in the league and the biggest of dreams. That program needs to run a little bit tighter, no?
The greatest in-season NFL travel schedule of all-time rolls along, which means I don't have to drive to Philadelphia until Sunday morning. So let's take some New York Giants Twitter questions, shall we, on this lovely autumn Saturday? Anyone who's tagged a question with #nygmail in the past week is eligible to have his or her question answered right here, and these are the ones that made this week's cut.

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Injury update: Jenkins in walking boot

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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."

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