New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference in a matter-of-fact, let's get this over with type of mood. He wasted no time by immediately addressing the injury situation prior to a single member of the media even speaking.
The Giants' pre-practice injury report was a big one, with several new additions, including the following players: offensive linemen James Brewer (ankle) and David Diehl (knee), wide receivers Jerrel Jernigan (knee) and Victor Cruz (knee/concussion), running back Peyton Hillis (concussion), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad), cornerbacks Trumaine McBride (groin) and Terrell Thomas (knee), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring).
Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, absolutely none of them will practice on Wednesday.
"[Practice] will be adjusted. We'll do half-speed work and half-jog through," Coughlin says. "You want to roll the dice? Anyone who comes through the doors we'll be happy to wrap our arms around."
Coughlin adds that Thomas will likely return on Thursday after his normal day of rest, but suggests that even in the event Cruz passes his concussion test, the knee injury will "prevent him from doing much" of anything. And, in all likelihood, that means he'll be inactive come Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Additionally, Coughlin admitted to sitting down with quarterback Eli Manning to see if he wanted to play on Sunday. The concern being that the offensive line, due to injury, will likely be reshuffled yet again. Of course, Manning didn't hesitate and said he wants to play, which prompted relentless questions about Manning's struggles this season.
"No one person loses a football game. First culprit is the head coach, so blame me. It's not all his fault," he said. "I feel badly for Eli that he has to constantly answer these questions."
The veteran head coach also said he expects everyone to come out and play their asses off on Sunday, having reminded them all that "the name on the front of your [jersey] is more important than the name on the back."
Finally, Coughlin was asked about Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and whether or not he feels Suh is a dirty player. The answer, emphatically, was no.
"He's a tough, hard-nosed, attack the line of scrimmage kind of a player," Coughlin said, adding that he has no problem with how Suh plays.
And with that, it was time for practice.
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