Sunday, December 22, 2013
Will Hill active, David Diehl not for Giants
By Dan Graziano
DETROIT -- New York Giants safety Will Hill is active and will play in today's game against the Lions. Hill was reportedly arrested Friday night on a warrant related to child support, but the Giants consider it a personal matter and not a behavioral misstep worthy of discipline. So Hill will start at safety as usual.
Headlining the inactives list, however, is veteran guard David Diehl, who will miss the game with a knee injury. That leaves the woefully inexperienced James Brewer and Brandon Mosley as the Giants' starting guards against a Lions defensive line whose interior pass-rushers are among the most fearsome in the league. It will take a supreme effort to keep Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley off of Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has already absorbed a career-high 36 sacks this season.
Other inactives include wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring) and running back Peyton Hillis (concussion), all of whom were ruled out Friday. Linebacker Allen Bradford and third quarterback Ryan Nassib are the other inactives.
The Giants announced Rueben Randle as the starter at wide receiver in place of Cruz, and you should look for Randle and Hakeem Nicks when they're in two-receiver sets. But Jerrel Jernigan is the man who'll replace Cruz as the slot receiver when they use one.
Active for the first time this season is tight end Adrien Robinson, who if he gets on the field could be auditioning for a spot on next year's team. The Giants have had high hopes for Robinson since drafting him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.
Superstar Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has been dealing with a knee injury, is active for the game. There had been some question about that following an Adam Schefter report Sunday morning that Johnson would be a game-time decision.