Friday, January 6, 2012
Giants-Falcons Friday injury report
By Dan Graziano
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck didn't practice Friday, held out due to a shoulder injury. But Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters in East Rutherford that he did not expect it to be an issue in Sunday's playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons, and Tuck was listed as probable on the final injury report.
Also listed as probable were tight end Jake Ballard, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, running back Da'Rel Scott, defensive end Osi Umenyiora, cornerback Corey Webster and offensive lineman Tony Ugoh, all of whom the Giants listed as having practiced on a "limited" basis. The only ones among those that bear a second look are Ballard, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury but was able to practice some this week, and Webster, who has a hamstring injury that just cropped up this week. But the Giants believe both of those players will be healthy enough to play, and Webster is not concerned about possibly being limited in the game.
Linebacker Mark Herzlich is listed as "out" and will not play due to the ankle injury that caused him to miss the final five games of the regular season.
As for the Falcons ... well, they listed 18 guys as probable, and all 18 of them practiced Friday, so that's just silly to even look at that list. The two key names higher up on on Atlanta's injury report are those of linebacker Stephen Nicholas, who has a toe injury and missed four of the Falcons' final five games, and cornerback Brent Grimes, who missed four of those last five games with a knee injury. Nicholas is listed as doubtful and Grimes as questionable. According to the estimable Pat Yasinskas, the Falcons appear to have some hope that Grimes will play but little hope that Nicholas will.