New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference on Wednesday in a relatively good mood, although he (as usual) seemed highly focused on the upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons. But before diving into too much chatter about them, he opted to get injury questions out of the way.
The pre-practice injury report included only eight players, none of whom were surprises. They were Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), Prince Amukamara (hamstring), Tyler Sash (hamstring), Hakeem Nicks (knee), Kenny Phillips (knee), David Baas (shoulder), Jason Pierre-Paul (back), and Travis Beckum (knee).
Of the eight players listed, Coughlin confirmed that Bradshaw, Amukamara and Phillips will not practice. He also said the team needs to slow down with Nicks a bit, but didn't say whether or not he would participate this afternoon.
News for Bradshaw was equally bad, if not worse. Coughlin confirmed that Bradshaw does have a sprained knee and didn't sound very optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend. However, he praised the running back's toughness and wouldn't definitively declare him out for that reason.
"I won't rule him out of anything. He's a tough son of a gun. I say that with admiration," Coughlin said, adding that it will be up to the medical staff if he plays. "[The decision] will be made in the best interest of the player."
In the event Bradshaw does not play on Sunday, Coughlin expects David Wilson to carry the load with Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin seeing an increased role. He went on to praise Wilson for having an "aggressive, positive attitude." That said, it was obvious Coughlin is no fan of the back-flips.
As far as the game itself and the other NFC East teams keeping pace, Coughlin noted that his team is well aware of how important it is to take care of business.
"They understand it. They feel it and they sense [the magnitude of Sunday's game]," Coughlin said. "What the other teams did [and do] – it's fine and dandy, but we gotta take care of what we do … We're all very much aware of the circumstance we're in. There's not a whole lot of room for margin of error."
Finally, the team announced that safety Stevie Brown, who leads the team with seven interceptions, has been added to the Pro Bowl ballot.
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