Thursday, October 3, 2013
Giants practice report: Webster back out
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If I had good news for you from Thursday's New York Giants practice, I'd surely pass it along. But I do not. If anything, the Giants' miserable injury situation appears to have worsened overnight.
Cornerback Corey Webster, who was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice after missing the last two games with a groin injury, was sitting out the open portion of Thursday's practice. This obviously doesn't mean he's not playing Sunday, but it doesn't indicate that his chances of playing are improving. And with cornerback Jayron Hosley also out of practice due to a hamstring injury and Aaron Ross continuing to miss time with a back injury, the Giants are suddenly very thin at cornerback.
Webster and Hosley were at least at practice, even though they were on the exercise bikes off to the side and not working with the rest of the team. Ross was nowhere to be seen. Trumaine McBride likely would elevate to a starting role Sunday against the Eagles if none of those guys could go, assuming they want to leave Terrell Thomas in the slot corner position against a Philadelphia team that uses a lot of three-wide receiver sets.
The Giants could make a roster move to promote a cornerback from their practice squad, and they have several injured-reserve candidates as we'll address in a second here. But they already need to make a move if they want to activate safety Will Hill from the suspended list. So there could be two moves on the horizon.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph was absent from practice for the second day in a row. He has ankle and knee injuries and appears in danger of missing Sunday's game. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (knee/Achilles) did return to practice, but after stretching he worked on the side with a trainer instead of participating in team drills. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers also has missed time this week with a back injury. Rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins looks likely to be activated for the first time Sunday, and it's possible one or more from the defensive tackle group could be a candidate for one of those aforementioned roster moves.
Offensive linemen David Baas (neck) and Chris Snee (hip) remain out of practice and don't appear likely to play. Each missed last week's game in Kansas City. David Diehl was back out at practice Thursday, and if his recovery from thumb surgery is going as well as it appears, he could be a candidate to start at one of the guard spots Sunday.
Tight end Adrien Robinson is the most likely IR candidate if the Giants need to put someone on there. He has not played all season and missed another day of practice due to his lingering foot injury.