New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his Wednesday press conference in a surprisingly good mood for being 0-4. Unfortunately, it was immediately put to the test when discussing the incredibly large number of injured players (an injury report that could, possibly, be the largest in the NFL this season).
The pre-practice injury report included 15 players, which seems to go against most odds — and you can check out NFL odds here. They were, in no particular order: offensive linemen David Baas (neck), David Diehl (thumb) and Chris Snee (hip), linebackers Mark Herzlich (toe) and Jacquian Williams (knee), cornerbacks Jayron Hosley (hamstring), Aaron Ross (back), Corey Webster (hip) and Terrell Thomas (knee), defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins (knee/Achilles), Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) and Shaun Rogers (back), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder).
Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, Snee, Baas and Ross will not practice. JPP, Webster, Taylor, Diehl and Williams will.
The bad news is that Snee and Baas are not improving, although Coughlin says the team is holding out hope. The good news is that both Herzlich and Jenkins are "improving."
As far as the running back situation with Da'Rel Scott having been cut, Coughlin noted it's "safe to say" the team will use a tandem of David Wilson and Brandon Jacobs, with Michael Cox also seeing time. However, he added that Cox still has a lot to learn and, essentially, that he needs to speed that process up.
In regards to players who aren't injured, Coughlin praised both rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and wide receiver Victor Cruz.
"He's playing as well as we've seen him play," Coughlin said of Cruz. "And thank God for that."
Finally, like safety Antrel Rolle, Coughlin called on the fans to help this Sunday. He said he wants to see them as "loud and boisterous" as they've ever been — "maybe even more so." In other words, the Giants truly are looking for their fans to scrap that "down in front!" nonsense and get on their feet, wave some towels and get loud. After all, they do need all the help they can get.
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