As if the New York Giants didn't have enough injury issues entering the final week of the season, wide receiver Rueben Randle missed practice on Thursday after experiencing swelling in his knee.
"I don't want to miss this game," Randle said after practice.
With Randle now sidelined, and Victor Cruz out for the season with a knee injury of his own, the Giants could go into Week 17's game against the Washington Redskins with only four wide receivers: Hakeem Nicks, Louis Murphy Jr., Jerrel Jernigan and the recently added Julian Talley.
Meanwhile, losing Randle would also force the Giants to make a change at the punt returner position. In preparation, the team had the aforementioned Hakeem Nicks, Antrel Rolle, Jerrel Jernigan and Charles James fielding punts in practice on Thursday — James, of course, having some of the most recent experience.
Throughout the preseason, James was the team's primary punt returner, returning seven for 70 yards — two of 20+ yards. However, he also led the league with five fair catches.
Meanwhile, Rolle hasn't fielded a punt since the 2011 season, while neither Nicks or Jernigan have a single career return.
In addition to Randle, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), offensive lineman Brandon Mosley (hand), cornerbacks Trumaine McBride (hamstring) and Jayron Hosley (illness), wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee) and tight end Adrien Robinson (knee) missed practice.
Running backs Andre Brown (concussion) and Peyton Hillis (concussion), as well as offensive lineman David Diehl (knee) did participate.
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