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Jacquian Williams, Chase Blackburn Out on Sunday for New York Giants

November 2nd, 2012 at 3:20 PM
By Paul Tierney

The New York Giants will be relatively healthy this Sunday as they prepare to take the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Steelers have yet to release their final injury report, the Giants look to be in good shape this weekend, save for a few injuries to the linebacker core.

Without further delay, here is Big Blue's final injury report of the week.

OUT

Chase Blackburn  (Hamstring)

Jacquian Williams (Knee)

Doubtful

Keith Rivers (Calf)

Questionable

Kenny Phillips (Knee)

Ahmad Bradshaw (Foot)

Bear Pascoe (Ankle)

Although the Week nine injury report is miniscule compared to that of past weeks, the Giants linebacker core has been hit hard with a few key injuries. With Rivers most likely out and Jacquian Williams' continued absence, Big Blue will be without two of its most athletic linebackers in Week nine. This could become an issue in the passing game over the middle the field.

The Giants will surely try to use their three-safety look to make up for their lack of depth at linebacker. With Kenny Phillips' return, Big Blue can now get creative with how they use their safeties. Steelers running back Jonathon Dwyer will not play this week, so the Giants can probably afford to line up Kenny Phillips around the line of scrimmage without sacrificing run support. Not only would this help the Giants disguise their coverages, but it could make for more exotic blitz packages.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Bear Pascoe, Chase Blackburn, Football, Jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, Kenny Phillips, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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12 Responses to “Jacquian Williams, Chase Blackburn Out on Sunday for New York Giants”

  1.  Liberal Giant says:

    Could be a trap game. The Giants have won the last two by the skin of their teeth.
    They might not be in for a fourth quarter comeback this week. I also see that Cruz is questionable. He and Nicks are not in top form.

    •  TroyThorne says:

      Don’t understand how this could be considered a trap game. The Steelers are a quality team with a good defense and a great QB who have blown some games against inferior opponents (much like we tend to do). I highly doubt we’re taking them lightly and looking ahead to the Bengals lol.

    •  demo3356 says:

      LOL!!! I agree with Troy.. A game against one of the NFL’s perennial powers the week before we play a bad Bengal team is the exact OPPOSITE of a trap game. Folks should understand sayings before throwing them around all willy nilly..

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Dwyer being out is BIG. No one knows about him but he has been very good and could have been a real factor. Now their offense is going to depend almost entirely on Roethlisberger and the receivers. That makes things much easier, although still not easy. Gotta get to the rapist, and gotta bring him down while tying up his right arm.

    Too bad Clark is playing. His absence would have been huge too since he’s really their best safety. There was no way Woodley wasn’t playing.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Dwyer is ok. Lacks straight speed and lateral movement. He’s just hard to bring down sometimes.

      Yes, Clark is playing but Woolley is out. That’s a bigger loss.q

  3.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Rivers. Sme of u guys crucified me for saying that he’s too fragile and its a waste of time for this team. Yes, when he’s healthy he’s been good. But man, this guy is every week something new.

    Would be nice if we could retain him for real cheap given his status as breakable.

  4.  GIANTT says:

    So Paul , I see that you dont consider Blackburn being out as being a problem on the order of magnitude as Williams or Rivers not playing ?

    •  Paul Tierney says:

      No. Blackburn is solid against the run, but a liability in pass coverage. With Dwyer out, the Giants do not need to focus as much on stopping the run and can afford to play three safeties around the line of scrimmage. The Steelers are going to be a passing team this weekend, so it MIGHT even be a blessing in disguise that Blackburn isn’t on the field.

  5.  GmenMania says:

    Bradshaw is actually questionable, but will probably play.

    Nicks says he’s at 90-95%, up from the 70% he was at against the 49ers.

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