New York Giants: Keith Bulluck

Dallas prep, Day 1

October, 21, 2010
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Giants C Shaun O’Hara practiced today. That’s notable in that he played on Sunday and has been missing practice on and off ever since his ankle tendonitis began during training camp. He said there has been improvement in how he feels.

“It’s feeling good and certainly having an extra day helps,” O’Hara said. “We just decided to do some work today see how it feels I haven’t really had any issues with it even postgame so it’s feeling a lot better.”

Does he feel like he has turned the corner?

“I’m still kind of holding my breath,” O’Hara said. “I don’t want to jinx myself but it’s feeling pretty good and it seems to be handling the workload.”

And the Giants may have another injured player back. LB Keith Bulluck said that his turf toe was better, and he practiced today. He also was pretty emphatic when asked if he would play in Dallas this weekend.

“I will be ready to play,” Bulluck said.

DE/LB Mathias Kiwanuka has a diagnosis of a herniated disk. It's a more severe condition than the bulging disk the Giants first said was the source of his sore neck. We have more on that here and will update later.

Giants players and coaches addressed the NFL’s decision to crack down on helmet-to-helmet hits after fining three players $175,000 for hits this weekend. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the team would talk about it this afternoon, and watch a video the NFL had put together.

“Well, I think that the players are very serious about listening,” Coughlin said. “Whether they agree or disagree, they will listen to what the commissioner has to say.”

The comments out of the locker room broke down along offensive and defensive lines.

“Obviously, as an offensive player and a quarterback, anything that protects us, you are always a fan for,” QB Eli Manning said. “We have to hear what he says, and honestly there will probably be mixed feelings. The commissioner and the league is worried about protecting the players and keeping guys healthy, and that’s very important.”

The exception to that was RB Brandon Jacobs, who speculated that it might give the offense an advantage.

“I think all of this is insane, but it is for the safety of the players it’s going to start of having big plays because guys don’t want to get the $50,000 fine or suspension,” Jacobs said. “...Guys are going to be missing tackles when they think they’ve got it right in front of them and they can’t do anything about it.”

He added: “I’m an offensive player and I think it’s insane,” Jacobs said. “The guy’s defenseless but that’s been football for how many years now.”

Johnette Howard will have a column on the defensive side of the issue later.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted a link to the video the NFL sent to all teams about the enforcement of rules on legal and illegal NFL hits. The first example of an illegal hit is one made on Giants TE Kevin Boss.

Injury report: T Will Beatty (foot) was out, FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) was limited, Kiwanuka did not practice, P Lawrence Tynes (ankle) was limited and DE Osi Umenyiora did not practice.


Injury updates

October, 8, 2010
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The Giants are dealing with a host of injuries heading into Sunday’s game against Houston. Here are some quick bits about three players who will not be dressing for the game.

Shaun O’ Hara: The Giants center told the media he would not talk about his injury. O’ Hara has been inactive for the past two games with ankle and Achilles problem, and did not practice all week.

O’ Hara tried running on Tuesday and it did not go well, preventing him from practicing this past Wednesday, which he had hoped. Adam Koets has been filling in as O' Hara's backup.

Keith Bulluck: The outside linebacker will miss his second straight game with a toe injury and did not seem thrilled about his progress. Second-year linebacker Clint Sintim will make the start in Bulluck's place this weekend.

“It’s not getting me on the field so to me it’s not getting better,” Bulluck said.

Kevin Boothe: The backup offensive lineman is inching closer and closer to returning to the field after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list before the season started after undergoing surgery on his torn pectoral muscle . Boothe is eligible to return after the Giants game against Detroit on Oct. 17, and said that his injury is not an issue.

“We’ll see what the trainers say after next week, but I’m preparing as if I’m going to practice,” Boothe said. “There’s only so much I can do not being able to practice so I try to do as much football stuff as I can by myself.”

After the Detroit game, there will be a three-week span for the Boothe to start practicing once again. Once he starts practicing, there will be a three-week window for the Giants to activate Boothe, or keep him on the PUP list for the remainder of the season.

If the Giants decide to bring Boothe back to the active roster, they would have to waive or release another player, or possibly put an injured player (such as tackle Will Beatty) on the injured reserve.

Early practice report

October, 8, 2010
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You can read a more thorough story about the injuries on the main page, but here's a quick update of the injury situation as seen during the portion available to the media.

OUT

Keith Bulluck (toe)

Will Beatty (foot)

Shaun O' Hara (ankle/achilles)

Mathias Kiwanuka (neck)

Madison Hedgecock (hamstring)--seen doing sit-ups

PRACTICED

Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle)

Terrell Thomas (foot)

Adam Koets (knee)

Kenny Phillips (knee)--did not do any reps during practice, but stretched

Osi Umenyiora (knee)


Ross, Webster out of practice

September, 6, 2010
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Two of the Giants top three cornerbacks sat out of Monday’s practice with injuries, just six days before their season-opener against the Carolina Panthers.

Starting corner Corey Webster was sidelined with a groin injury. The sixth-year corner rode a stationary bike during the portion of Monday morning’s practice that is open to the media but did not take the field. Tom Coughlin did not dismiss the idea that Webster’s groin injury could linger.

Aaron Ross sat out with a tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot. Coughlin said that Ross was “getting better” but did not commit to the idea of him practicing on Wednesday.

Ross’ foot was initially placed in a hard cast when the team announced the injury on August 25. The cast was reportedly removed from his foot on Sunday and Coughlin said Ross – who hasn’t practiced in two weeks - is adjusting to a new shoe that he has to wear.

“He’s getting better. The reports are good,” the Giants coach said. “They have some things they’ve got to try to work out with him in terms of his comfort level with the shoe but he’s getting there.”

Ross played in just four games in 2009 due to a hamstring injury he suffered in training camp last season. He initially hoped to compete for the starting cornerback job alongside Webster in training camp this year but was derailed by the foot injury. All indications are that Terrell Thomas will start at cornerback on Sunday in the season-opener against Carolina.

Webster’s injury is believed to be far less severe. He had a wrap on his left groin after the Giants’ Aug. 21 preseason game against the Steelers. He also sat out the Giants’ final preseason game against the Patriots on Thursday night due to the injury.

Reserve corner Bruce Johnson is likely to replace Webster if he can’t play against Carolina, but Webster still has three practices to get up to speed before the opener.

“I think Corey will be out there. He’s ready to go,” said Thomas, the Giants’ healthy starting cornerback. “I don’t think he’s going to miss this one.”

A second-string secondary isn’t ideal against any team, but especially not the Panthers. Sure, the Carolina ground game thoroughly embarrassed the Giants in a 41-7 win in the Giants final game at the Meadowlands last season. But Panthers wideout Steve Smith also caught five balls for 60 yards and a touchdown.

“We remember that,” Thomas said. “That’s not the way we wanted to end our season.”

The Giant defense will be under heavy scrutiny with or without a healthy Ross and Webster. The unit gave up 427 points last season, including 85 in the final two games.

Still, despite the question marks in the secondary, new linebacker Keith Bulluck believes the Perry Fewell-led defense will be able to perform against the Panthers.

“As a unit, we don’t expect there to be any let-up just because we don’t have two of our corners,” Bulluck said. “It’s a great test for this football team, for this defense and I’m sure everyone will rise to the challenges that are before us.”

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