Just how badly did injuries impact the New York Giants in 2013? Well, in addition to the $25.82 million spent on 13 players who ended the season on Injured Reserve (IR) and the additional $9.2 million in dead money, a study done by Rick Gosselin shows that Big Blue led the entire league in games missed by starters with a combined 91.
Of those 91 games missed by starters, Gosselin points out that a whopping 26 of them came along the offensive line. Additionally, due to safety Stevie Brown being placed on season-ending IR in the preseason, the Giants were one of only six NFL teams who had at least one starter miss all 16 games.
The next closest team to the Giants was the Indianapolis Colts, who saw their starters miss a combined 86 games. That was something co-owner John Mara alluded to during his WFAN interview on Thursday, but made sure to point out that injuries weren't the only reason the Giants struggled to a 7-9 finish.
"No one else was even close," Mara said, referring to Gosselin's study. "[But] that's not an excuse."
In addition to the 13 players who were placed on season-ending IR, the team also waived/injured a number of others dating back to May. Those names include tight end Michael Palmer, wide receiver Kirs Adams, wide receiver Keith Carlos, offensive lineman Chris DeGeare, cornerback LaRon Scott, offensive lineman Selvish Capers and running back Da'Rel Scott. The team had also placed linebacker Dan Connor on IR, but later released him with an injury settlement.
But that, of course, wasn't all for the Giants. Fullback Henry Hynoski, before being lost for the season, started the year on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, as did defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who also ended up missing the last several weeks of the year, and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn.
Meanwhile, running back Andre Brown was placed on short-term IR after suffering a broken leg, forcing him to miss a large amount of time as well.
Whether the Giants (or their fans) want to use this as an excuse or not, there's no denying that injuries most certainly were a factor during a poor 2013 campaign. In total, 25 transactions were made as a result of injuries, 21 total players were lost and those numbers do not even include injuries sustained in the final game of the season or some of the players (ie. Adrien Robinson) who missed time due to injuries that didn't result in additional transactions.
Hard to be successful with that much turnover and shuffling.
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