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Giants injury report: Webster doubtful

September, 20, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster missed a second straight day of practice with a hip injury and is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers in Carolina. It's unclear how the injury occurred, since Webster practiced Wednesday with no apparent problems.

"Evidently he has an issue with his hip flexor, in that area somewhere," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after Friday's practice. "He couldn't practice yesterday and he couldn't go today."

Coughlin indicated that Aaron Ross, who didn't take a single defensive snap in Sunday's loss to the Broncos, would be the first one up to take Webster's spot if Webster can't play. But the Giants might have to adjust their coverage plan to put their healthy starter, Prince Amukamara, against top Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith for the whole game. Terrell Thomas has been the slot cornerback in the first two games, but he and Coughlin declined to say whether that would continue in this one.

Both secondaries will be banged up in this one. The Panthers lost one of their starting safeties, Charles Godfrey, for the season with an Achilles injury last week, and they list the other starting safety, Quintin Mikell, as out for this game with ankle injury.

Other Giants injury and practice notes:

Thomas has held up well through two games as he completes his recovery from a third reconstructive ACL surgery on his knee. He is good friends with Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who also has had three knee reconstructions. The two text regularly and have supported each other through their recoveries. Thomas said he and Davis are the only two NFL players who have made it back from three ACL surgeries, and that he's looking forward to seeing his friend and being on the same field with him Sunday.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks missed practice, but the team said it was an excused absence for personal reasons and that Nicks is healthy and will play Sunday.

Tackle David Diehl (thumb) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) are listed as out. Guard Brandon Mosley (back) and quarterback Ryan Nassib (ankle) were listed as limited practice participants and are probable.

Big Blue Morning: 'Sulking day'

September, 17, 2013
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants:

The news of the day: Justin Tuck called Monday "a day to sulk," and the Giants were not very upbeat in the locker room after their morning meetings. There seems to be some agreement that they need better performance on both lines, offensive and defensive, if things are to improve. And while they're not blaming Eli Manning and his seven interceptions for their two losses, Manning isn't absolving himself of responsibility. He says he needs to play smarter.

Behind enemy lines: Sunday's Giants opponents, the Carolina Panthers, could be missing 75 percent of their starting secondary for the game. Starting free safety Charles Godfrey is out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Sunday's game, and strong safety Quintin Mikell, cornerback Josh Thomas and backup cornerback Josh Norman all are in question for Sunday due to various injuries. I know the Giants say they want to run the ball more, but throwing against the Panthers on Sunday could be a lot of fun if Manning can get some protection.

Around the division: Lots of talk in Washington about what's wrong with the Redskins, what's wrong with Robert Griffin III, why he and the offense don't look like they did last year. I still say it was a mistake, by almost everyone in the world, to assume the start to the season would be seamless after Griffin missed offseason practices and the entire preseason schedule following reconstructive knee surgery. Obviously, it's hard to imagine the first two games going any worse than they have for the Redskins. But a lot of that has been about defense. As for the offense, I think it's fair to assume it will look more exciting and complex as the season goes along than they're able to make it look now with a rusty quarterback

Around the league: Lots of suspension and discipline news Monday, from Dashon Goldson to Brandon Meriweather to Ndamukong Suh, whose appeal hearing for his $100,000 fine is today. I will be on "NFL Insiders" today (and Thursday!) from 3-4 p.m. ET on ESPN if you'd like to see and hear me discuss these and other league-wide issues on your television. Thanks in advance for tuning in.