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Atlanta Falcons Center Joe Hawley Unlikely to Play Vs. New York Giants Due to Knee Injury

September 30th, 2014 at 6:15 AM
By Daniel Graham

During Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley was carted off the field and ruled out immediately after his injury. As his MRI results are still being determined, the likeliness of Hawley playing on Sunday against the Giants is very slim.

The 25-year-old's injury is likely knee-related, which suggests that it may be an ACL or MCL type of injury, which could result in Hawley missing several weeks or, possibly, the remainder of the season depending on severity. With Hawley likely down for at least the Giants game, this means that, barring a signing, Peter Konz will be planted in as the starting center.

Head coach Mike Smith declined to comment in detail about the specifics of Hawley and several others' injury statuses and instead referred to when the injury report comes out on Wednesday for those answers.

Other team-related injuries the Falcons are dealing with are to guard Justin Blalock and tackle Lamar Holmes. With those kinds of injuries to the offensive line, don't be surprised to see the Falcons make some roster moves to account for some of those injuries. One potential player the Falcons could look to is Uche Nwaneri, who played seven seasons for the Jaguars as a guard.

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Eli Manning on Geno Smith’s F-Bomb: If They’re Yelling at You, You Probably Deserve It

September 29th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Doug Rush

Sunday was not the most memorable moment in Geno Smith's short career in New York and as starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

In a game marred with mistakes, turnovers and bad decisions, Smith's Jets dropped their third straight game in as many weeks as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-17 at MetLife Stadium and Smith heard his share of boos and cat calls after the loss. Even during the game, you could hear the Jets fans screaming, "We Want Vick!" as they were fed up with Smith's mistakes and wanted veteran Michael Vick to take the field.

To make matters worse, Smith further fueled the fans displeasure for him as he shouted "f*** you" towards the fans as he was heading toward the tunnel and into the locker room. The second-year quarterback did apologize for his poor choice of words and will likely get a fine from the NFL for it, but either way, he still said it.

On Monday, another person in New York whose heard his fair share of boos and cat calls over his span of his career, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, and he had a very interesting take on what Smith is encountering at MetLife Stadium.

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Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh Refuses to Regarding Desires to Play for Giants, Jets

September 29th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Doug Rush

Early Sunday morning, it was reported that Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is likely to leave the Detroit Lions after the 2014 season and once he's a free agent, would prefer to play in New York for either the New York Giants or the New York Jets.

Suh's current team, the Detroit Lions, were in town and were victorious on Sunday over the New York Jets 24-17, which improved the Lions to 3-1 on the season. But even after the victory, Suh refused to speak to the media and David Birkett of the Detroit Free Press said that Suh not only didn't speak to the media after the win, but didn't even bother to get showered or changed in the locker room, as he got on the team bus still wearing some of the clothes he wore during the game.

"Suh, who's repeatedly said he wants to stay in Detroit, did not dress in the Lions locker room after Sunday's game according to the New York Post – he took his pads off and boarded the bus while still wearing the undershirt he played in – and ignored questions as he left MetLife Stadium."

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Jon Beason, Odell Beckham Jr. Practice for Giants on Monday; Both Could Play Vs. Falcons

September 29th, 2014 at 12:55 PM
By Dan Benton

As the New York Giants returned to work on Monday, they did so in a relatively healthy manor. Not only were players like cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (thigh) and offensive lineman Charles Brown (shoulder) on the field, but so to were linebacker Jon Beason (foot) and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring).

Although both were limited participants, head coach Tom Coughlin said following the conclusion of practice that Beason looked "OK" and Beckham Jr. did "a little more" than he had the week prior. He also implied that both will have the opportunity to earn their way onto the active list for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons if they can finish the practice week healthy.

"He has to practice, he has to practice consecutive days, he has to be able to show us that he’s not only strong enough but can endure day after day, so there’s some room here to make some progress and impress everybody," Coughlin said.

Beckham Jr. reiterated those statements after practice, saying he'll be "pretty much" a full go at practice on both Wednesday and Thursday and "definitely" plans to play against the Falcons on Sunday.

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Tom Coughlin Sees New York Giants Offensive Line Coming Together at Right Time

September 29th, 2014 at 10:55 AM
By Doug Rush

The New York Giants offensive line seemed to be a major problem over the last two years; especially last year when they got Eli Manning sacked a career high 39 times in 2013.

Early on in 2014, the line looked like they were going to have the same issues again carrying over from the preseason into the regular season, but over the last three weeks, the unit has looked improved.

Will Beatty isn't getting dominated like he once was, J.D. Walton looks fully recovered from missing almost two seasons in the league and Weston Richburg isn't looking like a rookie in recent games; add that in with the solid play of Justin Pugh and John Jerry and you have a group who is protecting Manning, especially in two straight wins in which Manning has only been sacked two times after being sacked four times in the first two games.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is noticing how the offensive line is starting to come together at the right time with the team in the midst of a two-game winning streak that has them back at .500.

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