New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference in a very focused, business-like mood on Wednesday. Without even being asked, he immediately opted to address the injury situation.
The Giants' pre-practice injury report includes the following players: running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), and cornerbacks Trumaine McBride (groin), Terrell Thomas (knee) & Corey Webster (ankle).
Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, only Terrell Thomas will not practice, which is his standard day off. Meanwhile, Jacobs, McBride and Webster will all practice on at least a limited basis, while JPP will do individual work with trainers on the side.
As it relates to defensive end Justin Tuck and his NFC Defensive Player of the Week award, Coughlin says he's earned it.
"He's played solid. He's practice hard; worked hard. He's done things by example," Coughlin said.
In addition to Tuck, Coughlin praised both safety Antrel Rolle and linebacker Jon Beason as "energetic guys" who lift the team. He was also sure to note that Beason's 17-tackle game against the Washington Redskins was anything but an aberration.
"No, I don't think so. I think that's the way he plays," Coughlin said.
Finally, Coughlin was asked to reflect a bit on the Eli Manning-Philip Rivers trade from 10 years ago.
"Ernie Accorsi was 100% in belief that this was the right thing to do for our franchise," Coughlin said.
And is there any question that trading for Eli was the right thing to do?
"None whatsoever," Coughlin laughed. "There's a couple things out in the hallway you may want to look at."
With that, it was time for practice.
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