New York Giants: NFL Injury Wire

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings missed a third straight day of practice and has officially been ruled out of Sunday's game in St. Louis. Jennings has a sprained right ankle that he aggravated on the first play of last Sunday's game against Washington.

Earlier this season, Jennings missed four games with a knee sprain. This is the first game he'll miss due to the ankle injury, which he suffered in Week 13 in Jacksonville, but he was a non-factor in Week 14 in Tennessee and was injured on the first play of the game in Week 15.

Jennings said Friday that his hope is to return to practice next week and play in the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles next week. In the meantime, rookie Andre Williams will make his sixth start of the season. Orleans Darkwa will serve as his backup, and Chris Ogbonnaya is likely to be active for the first time as a Giant.

The only other Giants player on the injury report this week was middle linebacker Jameel McClain, who missed Wednesday's practice with a knee injury but practiced Thursday and Friday. McClain is listed as probable and is expected to play.

Giants injury update: Beckham practices

September, 23, 2014
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. did more practice work Tuesday than he has in a long time, fueling talk that the New York Giants' first-round draft pick could be on the field for his NFL debut as early as the Week 5 home game against the Atlanta Falcons.

"That's the goal," Beckham said Tuesday. "But it's up to them."

"Them" is the Giants' training staff, which has made it clear it won't put Beckham on the field if he's at all at risk of aggravating the hamstring injury that has held him out of action since June. But it's obvious he's getting closer, as he participated in some drills during Tuesday's practice as opposed to running around by himself on a back field while trainers watched.

"He practiced, did some individuals," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "It wasn't the most extensive of individuals, but he did that. His load is to increase as he goes along now."

Beckham said it's been driving him crazy not to play or practice, but that he's made peace with the idea that his time will come soon if he follows the program. The Giants' offense could use his presence as a deep threat on the outside in their preferred three-wide receiver offensive sets.

"There'll be brighter days in the future," Beckham said.

Middle linebacker Jon Beason was able to practice some, and it's possible he could play Thursday in spite of his foot injury.

"We look at him every morning and see how he feels and so on and so forth," Coughlin said. "He did okay today and we’ll see what it’s like tomorrow."

Linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) was the only Giants player who did not practice Tuesday. He said he did some running and is feeling better.

Beason, Thurmond injured in Giants' loss

September, 14, 2014
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants lost another game Sunday, and lost two key defensive players as well.

Middle linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Walter Thurmond suffered injuries in the Giants’ 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and their availability for next week and beyond is uncertain.

Beason and Thurmond both exited the game in the second half and did not return. Beason suffered a toe injury, and will undergo an X-ray and MRI. Coach Tom Coughlin said he thinks it is the same toe Beason injured in the spring, which caused him to miss the entire preseason.

Thurmond suffered a pectoral injury and said he will have tests done Monday as well.

“It’s kind of sore right now,” Thurmond said. “Hopefully it’s not too bad, where I can come back very quickly from this. I’ll know more in the next couple days.”

Beason was credited with turning the Giants’ defense around last season after coming over via trade from the Carolina Panthers in October, and he was named a defensive captain prior to the start of this regular season.

His injury left the Giants very thin at linebacker, since rookie Devon Kennard was inactive due to a hamstring injury. Mark Herzlich, primarily a special teams player, had to enter in Beason’s place.

Thurmond is the Giants’ third cornerback but plays a lot, with teams using three and four wide-receiver sets so frequently. Trumaine McBride stepped in for Thurmond -- McBride did play very well last season for the Giants after replacing the injured and ineffective Corey Webster.

Notes: JPP expected to practice Wednesday

September, 9, 2014
NEW YORK -- Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul should be on the field when the New York Giants hold their first practice of the week on Wednesday.

Pierre-Paul exited Monday night's loss to the Detroit Lions with an injury to the neck/shoulder area but did return to the game, finishing with four tackles.

"I'm sure we'll monitor it, but he really felt good after the game, and this morning as well," coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday, on a conference call with reporters. "We'll list him as limited, but I think the fact that he came back and played and played with good energy, finished the game, didn't seem to have any issues, I think that's a good sign."

Coughlin did not have an update yet on punter Steve Weatherford, who suffered an ankle injury against the Lions. Weatherford was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. Stay tuned.

Man in the middle: Jon Beason played 44 of a possible 68 snaps against the Lions, despite missing the entire preseason recovering from a foot injury.

Beason admitted feeling pretty sore on Tuesday.

"It is a big transition," the middle linebacker said. "Plus, for me, it came down to the last test, which was running around on turf. It is extremely rigid and not really forgiving, whereas grass is, but it is still the time of year where we try to take care of our joints and our bodies by practicing on grass right now.

"Getting out there and moving around full-speed on turf was definitely an adjustment and you could feel the impact of the turf versus the grass. I was able to come out, and being sore today was something the training staff anticipated. We are going to work to get it calmed down so I’m ready to go tomorrow."

As for the Giants' defense, which gave up 35 points and 341 passing yards on Monday, Beason saw "a lack of collective execution" when watching the game on film.

"You play 60 snaps or whatever it was yesterday and if every guy who plays has one or two mental [mistakes], you can't win a game that way, unfortunately," he said. "That is a problem, but it is a problem that we can control. If there is one positive, that's it. We just need to do our job and trust that the man next to us is going to do their job and try to be consistent at it."

The bright side? There was little for Giants fans to be excited about in the loss to the Lions, but Coughlin did find a couple positives after reviewing the game tape.

"I thought that for the most part we did a good job against the run defensively," Coughlin said. The Lions rushed the ball 30 times for 76 yards, with Reggie Bush & Co. averaging just 2.5 yards per carry.

"I thought our punt return game showed a little bit of life, which I was pleased to see," Coughlin said. Preston Parker had two returns for 30 yards.

"We had four penalties, which was definitely an improvement," Coughlin said. The Giants committed 44 penalties in five preseason games, an average of nearly nine per game.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants have a decision to make on linebacker Jon Beason by Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for final roster cuts. If Beason is to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list, he'll have to do so before the deadline and count against the team's 53-man roster. Asked whether that will happen, Beason said Friday, "Hopefully," and then left the locker room without speaking further.

The Giants' plan as of now is to activate Beason, who missed all of training camp with a foot injury but believes he'll be healthy enough to practice next week and play in the Sept. 8 Monday Night season opener in Detroit. That plan could change between now and 4 p.m. Saturday depending on how he feels and possibly some other decisions, but as of now it looks as though Beason will be available to the Giants in Week 1, even if he's not healthy enough to start and play as much as he normally would.

In other Giants news:
  • Cornerback Prince Amukamara said he's fully healed from his groin injury and expects to practice next week without restriction. Amukamara said he could have played Thursday night if it had been a real game.
  • Guard Geoff Schwartz is a candidate for the short-term injured reserve list, which would cost him the first eight weeks of the season. Schwartz said Friday that he hoped to be back sooner than that, and that the team hadn't broached the topic with him. In order to use the short-term IR designation on Schwartz, the Giants would have to put him on their 53-man roster Saturday and then designate him for IR early next week. So unless they believe he'll be out for the whole season (which they do not) , the Giants will delay the decision on Schwartz.
  • Kick return specialist Trindon Holliday, who has missed almost all of camp with a hamstring injury, said he believes he'll be ready to practice next week. The question is whether the Giants will put Holliday on the 53-man roster Saturday, or whether they'll cut him and look at other options. Holliday and Odell Beckham Jr., who also has missed all of camp with a hamstring injury, are the top two candidates at punt returner, so if the Giants believe they have a need there they could cut Holliday and keep someone like wide receiver Preston Parker for punt returns. But if they really believe Holliday is healthy enough to practice next week, they could keep him and use someone like Rueben Randle as the fallback on punt returns.
  • Fullback Henry Hynoski (shoulder) and guard Eric Herman (leg) went for tests on their injuries from Thursday night. The team does not think Hynoski's injury is serious. They don't think Herman's is, either, but Herman is suspended for the first four games of the season for a drug violation anyway, so he has plenty of time to get healthy.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' struggling offensive line lost a key piece in the first half of Friday night's preseason game when left guard Geoff Schwartz was carted off the field with a toe injury.

The Giants later announced that Schwartz had a dislocated toe, which is relatively good news considering the other possibilities that seemed to exist when he was carted off in obvious pain. It's unclear how much time he'll have to miss, but a fracture would have been more significant and potentially devastating to an offensive line that's already having a terrible time in pass protection.

Rookie Weston Richburg replaced Schwartz at left guard with the first-team offense and would be the most likely candidate to fill in if Schwartz misses any time.

Also injured in Friday's game for the Giants were defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (lower leg), wide receiver Marcus Harris (shoulder) and cornerback Zack Bowman (triceps). Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also came out of the game briefly with an apparent knee injury but did return to the field.

We hope to have further updates on all of these injuries for you after the game ends.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants have been practicing without first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. since the first day of training camp.

 But Beckham has been around, and watching from up close. He had to watch from home, on television, Sunday as the Giants played the Bills in their preseason opener in Ohio. And when fellow rookie wide receiver Corey Washington scored that 73-yard touchdown, Beckham's first thought was that he'd better be careful.

"I remember trying not to celebrate too much, but I was so excited for him," Beckham said before Giants practice on Thursday.

He didn't want to celebrate by jumping up and down and risking further injury to the hamstring that's keeping him from practicing and playing. That's the focus for Beckham these days -- avoiding further injury even as the hamstring makes enough progress to make him and the team hopeful that he can return soon.

"A hamstring is one of those things where it's that last leg you need, and you feel like you're good to go but it's just not there yet," Beckham said. "And if you rush out there, you risk putting yourself back with another injury. So it's one of those things that we're all just waiting on."

Beckham has been able to do more running and cutting in the past two days than he did last week, and there's tangible progress. He obviously won't play in Saturday's game against the Steelers, but at this point it's not crazy to think he might get cleared to practice at some point next week or the week after.

"He is getting better," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "They're doing a lot with him, and I think he's responding pretty well the next day. He's not that sore. I think he's close."

Guard Geoff Schwartz, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, is expected to return to practice Thursday night, Coughlin said. Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, who sprained his ankle Wednesday, won't practice Thursday or play Saturday. Running back Peyton Hillis remains out for a while with a sprained ankle of his own, and return specialist Trindon Holliday is out with a hamstring injury. We'll see whether defensive tackle Mike Patterson (shoulder) can return to practice Thursday.

Left tackle Will Beatty, who's rehabbing a broken leg, is practicing more or less in full every day but won't play on Saturday. Coughlin said the plan is for Beatty to play in next week's preseason game in Indianapolis. Ditto cornerback Trumaine McBride, who's practicing fine but is still being held out of games as he works his way back from offseason hip surgery.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants return to the practice field on Tuesday night for their third week of training camp, but they still won't have first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. practicing with the rest of the offense. The rookie wide receiver hasn't practiced since July 22, when he injured his hamstring in the first practice of camp, and coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday afternoon that Beckham still wasn't cleared to practice.

 Beckham has been doing limited work by himself during Giants practices -- catching punts but not running with the ball and catching balls off a JUGS machine. But during team periods, he stands on the side and talks to coaches and teammates. There is no timetable for his return at this point. He also missed the team's June minicamp due to hamstring problems.

Also out of practice Tuesday will be defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who continues to nurse a shoulder injury, and return specialist Trindon Holliday, who has a hamstring injury. Defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle) will do individual drills to determine whether he's healthy enough to practice with the team.

Offensive tackle Will Beatty, who missed a couple of practices last week due to illness and skipped Sunday's preseason game because he's still not all the way back from a serious leg injury, is expected to practice Tuesday. The Giants have yet to determine whether Beatty will play in Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers.

Cornerback Bennett Jackson remains sidelined with a significant ankle sprain that could keep him out of action for a very long time. No word on linebacker Spencer Paysinger, who missed all of last week with a concussion.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The results of Monday's tests on the injured hamstring of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. were a good news/bad news mix for the New York Giants.

According to a source close to the situation, the tests were to determine whether the injury that has kept Beckham out of practice for the past week was more serious than originally believed. They determined that it was not, which is a good thing in and of itself, but it doesn't help anyone figure out when the Giants' first-round pick might return to the practice field.

The team hopes Beckham will be back in a week, but it maintains its stance that it will not put him on the field until it's certain he's not at risk of further injury. What that means is a waiting game. The Giants and Beckham will continue to monitor the hamstring on a day-by-day basis, and once it feels better to the point of allowing him to practice, he'll practice.

What that means is that Monday didn't change anything at all with regard to Beckham, who missed minicamp and has now missed five straight training camp practices with hamstring problems.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants held their annual conditioning test Monday, the day before their first training camp practice of 2014. Other than veteran guard Chris Snee, who announced his retirement earlier in the day, pretty much everybody was able to answer the bell.

The Giants said linebacker Jon Beason would be the only player to begin training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list, which is no surprise given that he's recovering from a broken foot. Beason has said he hopes to be ready by Week 1, and playing him on the training camp PUP list does not affect that hope. He can practice at any time after the team's doctors clear him medically. The only reason for the active/PUP designation is that it keeps the team's options open in case they end up wanting to place him on the reserve/PUP list to start the regular season. At this point, they hope they don't have to do that. Beason was on the sideline watching his team go through its conditioning test Monday afternoon.

Updates on other Giants injuries and assorted issues:

Left tackle Will Beatty, who broke his leg in the 2013 season finale and missed organized team activities and minicamp, has been cleared to practice on a "limited" basis, according to coach Tom Coughlin. Beatty ran with the rest of the team Monday, a strong positive sign that he'll be able to practice Tuesday afternoon. The Giants will monitor him closely due to the seriousness of the injury and his history of slow recoveries.

Offensive lineman John Jerry, who's one of the candidates to start in place of Snee at right guard, did not run, but nor was he put on PUP as Beason was. Coughlin said Jerry also would be "limited" in practice after missing OTAs and minicamp due to arthroscopic knee surgery. Jerry, Brandon Mosley and possibly rookie center Weston Richburg are candidates to replace Snee. Coughlin said Mosley was likely to get first crack at it when the first-team offensive line took the field Tuesday.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham, who's got a bad knee and missed spring practices as well, also has been cleared to practice on a "limited" basis, Coughlin said.

Quarterback Eli Manning didn't run with the team instead throwing on a different field with coaches. "He didn't run last year, either," Coughlin said of Manning. This is a case of two Super Bowl MVP trophies buying you special perks, folks. Manning said the ankle he had surgically repaired in April was "great, 100 percent, not an issue at all," which is no surprise since he was able to practice as normal in minicamp last month. He won't be limited in any way in training camp by the ankle issue.

First-round pick Odell Beckham, Jr., who missed some spring practice time with a hamstring injury, is also cleared for practice. The rookie wide receiver will be used on offense and on returns in camp.

The Giants signed undrafted former Auburn guard John Sullen to replace Snee. Sullen was one of several players who tried out for the Giants during their June minicamp.

Big Blue Morning: Injury returns

February, 6, 2014
On Wednesday afternoon, we discussed New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and his attempts to return fully healthy for the 2014 season. Pierre-Paul missed the final five games of 2013, but the Giants never put him on injured reserve because (a) he held out hope he could return, (b) they didn't need the roster spot and (c) they were so tight to the salary cap by season's end that they really couldn't afford to add anyone anyway. Same holds true for wide receiver Victor Cruz, who missed the final two games with a knee injury.

Obviously, healthy 2014 returns for both Pierre-Paul and Cruz are vital for the Giants. When those two are healthy, you could argue that they're the team's best players on their respective sides of the ball. But here's a quick look at a few other guys who did end the season on injured reserve and their outlook for 2014 with the Giants:

C David Baas: Strong candidate for either a pay cut or an outright release, though the cap savings are minimal unless they designated him a post-June 1 cut.

S Stevie Brown: Unrestricted free agent who missed 2013 following ACL surgery. Giants want him back and should be able to reach a deal.

C Jim Cordle: Missed final five games with a knee injury. Restricted free agent likely to be retained as a useful, still-promising backup.

FB Henry Hynoski: Season never got on track and ended due to shoulder injury. John Conner may have taken his job. How much will FB be used in Ben McAdoo's offense?

DT Shaun Rogers: Hey, did you expect them to bring him back last year? Me neither.

CB Aaron Ross: They need help and depth at cornerback and Ross is obviously a guy they like. But the market is flooded with healthy ones.

G Chris Snee: Surgery on each hip now. He could decide to retire. If he doesn't, they'll need to cut him and bring him back for far less money.

S Cooper Taylor: Rookie had trouble staying healthy. Could be key on special teams if he can come back strong.

CB Corey Webster: Thanks for the memories.

RB David Wilson: Recent neck surgery could have him back on the field in 2014, but there's no way to count on it for sure.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If you're the New York Giants, you find good news on both sides of the inactives list for Sunday's season finale against the Washington Redskins. Not only are wide receiver Rueben Randle and guard David Diehl, who missed time last week with injuries, both active for the game, but Redskins pass-rusher Brian Orakpo, who sacked Eli Manning twice in the Dec. 1 game in Washington, is inactive with a groin injury.

Diehl missed last week's game with a knee injury but practiced all week and is ready to go for what could be the final game of his 11-year Giants career. It's possible Diehl could be back next year as a backup on a drastically reduced salary, but re-signing him isn't likely to be a high priority for the Giants this offseason. He'll start at right guard Sunday with James Brewer at left guard.

Randle missed some practice time this week with a knee injury of his own and had been listed as questionable for the game. But he's good to go. With Victor Cruz out with a knee injury, Randle will start opposite Hakeem Nicks, and Jerrel Jernigan will work the slot.

Orakpo is replaced in the Redskins' starting lineup by backup Rob Jackson, who's a good, fast pass-rusher but not the same kind of all-around player Orakpo is. Orakpo gave Giants left tackle Will Beatty all kinds of problems in the first matchup, and Beatty said a few days later that he was looking forward to this game to try and redeem himself. He'll have to wait until next year.

The full inactives lists:

Redskins: QB Robert Griffin III, WR Josh Morgan, CB Chase Minnifield, C J.D. Walton, G Josh LeRibeus, LB Adrian Robinson, LB Brian Orakpo

Giants: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Victor Cruz, TE Adrien Robinson, G Brandon Mosley, QB Ryan Nassib, OL Eric Herman, LB Allen Bradford

Injury Report: Rueben Randle questionable

December, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants receiver Rueben Randle (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington after not practicing for the second straight day. Randle said Thursday he hoped to play.

"It's not that [his knee] didn't respond, but it's still sore," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.

With Randle sidelined in practiced, Louis Murphy took most of the reps. Coughlin also said that Julian Talley could play on the outside if needed. The Giants are already stretched thin at receiver as they are without Victor Cruz, who will not play Sunday after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The Giants will also be without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) for the fifth straight game.

Here's the full injury report:


DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/did not practice)
WR Victor Cruz (knee/did not practice)
TE Adrien Robinson (knee/did not practice)
G Brandon Mosley (hand/did not practice)

WR Rueben Randle (knee/did not practice)
CB Trumaine McBride (groin/limited)

RB Andre Brown (concussion/full)
RB Peyton Hillis (concussion/full)
CB Jayron Hosley (illness/full)
DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad/limited)
CB Terrell Thomas (knee/limited)
G David Diehl (knee/limited)


LB Brian Orakpo (groin/limited)

LB Ryan Kerrigan (wrist/full)
FB Darrel Young (hamstring/full)

Cruz: WRs, Eli had 'disconnect'

December, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One of the biggest questions the Giants will have to solve this offseason is what went wrong with the offense, particularly with the passing game. The Giants consistently have been one of the top offenses in the NFL during the Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning era, but entering Sunday's season finale against Washington, they're averaging their fewest points in that duo's 10 years together.

Receiver Victor Cruz believes there was some "disconnect" between Manning and his receivers.

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Rob Carr/Getty ImagesIs the "disconnect" between Eli Manning and his receivers to blame for the sputtering Giants offense?
"I think that's one thing we lacked is that continuity from a receivers standpoint with our quarterback," Cruz said Friday. "I want to build that earlier this year. Whether we got to set some time apart and get the receivers down with Eli whenever he's ready and kind of schedule it right so we can build not only on the field but off the field. We want to get to know each other a little bit more. I feel like there was a little bit of disconnect there that we want to get back to with this football team."

Manning worked with his receivers in the offseason at Duke, but not as much as he would have liked during OTAs. Cruz, who will miss Sundays' game after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Dec. 19, missed OTAs with his contract situation. Hakeem Nicks also did not participate.

While that lack of offseason work is not he main cause, the Giants offense underperformed this season. The Giants are 28th in points per game and 30th in yards per game, and Manning has 17 touchdowns and a career-worst 26 interceptions.

Cruz, in his 14 games, was the best offensive player for the Giants this season. He caught a team-best 73 balls for 998 yards and four touchdowns, although he wishes he had scored more touchdowns. Cruz also would have liked to register his third straight 1,000-yard season, but on the play he was injured, his 16-yard catch was overturned, leaving him two yards shy.

"I wish I could go back and get them. It's OK. Things happen like that," Cruz said. "When I was on the flight going to get my surgery a fan came up to me and said 'man don't worry about those two yards, you still got 1,000 in my book.' I was like that sealed the deal for me, I knew I didn't need them. Obviously as a competitor you want to go out there and get those two. I just couldn't get those this year unfortunately but it's cool."

With changes possibly coming for the Giants after missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years, Cruz said he'd like to see the offensive staff stick around. He's also hoping that Nicks, a pending free agent, will stay too. If Nicks departs, though, Cruz is ready to step up.

"Absolutely. Something happens and Hakeem isn't here, I'm ready to handle that load," Cruz said. "I'm ready to be the guy that kind of steps up and makes those big plays, those big third down catches and touchdowns. I've been accustomed to doing it basically all my life so I just mentally I want to continue to be focused and build my body to take that and be ready for those type of circumstances I'm going to be placed in this next year if Hakeem isn't around."

Practice report: No JPP

December, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) was not present during the open portion of practice Friday, all but signaling that he will miss the season finale against the Redskins. If he does not play, Pierre-Paul will have missed the final five games of the season with the injury.

Wide receiver Rueben Randle (knee), and cornerbacks Trumaine McBride (groin) and Jayron Hosley (illness) all appeared to be working during the portion open to the media. The three did not practice Thursday.

Running backs Andre Brown (concussion) and Peyton Hillis (concussion) were also practicing.