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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Giants have some defensive line injuries

By Dan Graziano

No, there's no need for any kind of outright panic. The core, star-power pieces of the New York Giants' defensive line appear to be healthy. Defensive ends Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora, who form the engine of the league's most feared pass rush, are not the topic of this post. But the Giants announced Tuesday morning a number of other injuries that strike at the overall depth of their defensive line:
There is good news on defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, who has been practicing this week after missing Friday's preseason opener with a knee injury. But all in all, the Giants' depth on the defensive line -- particularly at defensive tackle -- is being challenged. Austin and Rogers were the two players the Giants were hoping could help make up for Canty's absence, and right now they don't know if they'll have either any time soon. Defensive tackle is an important position at which to be deep, since the physical demands of the position make it almost essential to rest and rotate players as much as possible.

If the issues continue, the Giants could be on the lookout for a defensive tackle as teams start to make cuts later this month. Meantime, some back-of-the-roster guys are going to get a whole lot of preseason snaps.