The New York Giants have not yet played a single game, but they're an injured football team. And as some of their roster boarded planes and headed to Canton, Ohio on Saturday night, 12 players stayed behind and have been officially ruled out for the Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills.
Those officially ruled out include defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle), linebackers Jon Beason (PUP – foot) and Spencer Paysinger (concussion), left tackle Will Beatty (leg), wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), tight end Xavier Grimble (hamstring), guard Eric Herman (hip), kick returner Trindon Holliday (hamstring), cornerbacks Bennett Jackson (ankle) and Trumaine McBride (knee), defensive tackle Mike Patterson (shoulder) and running back David Wilson (neck).
Interestingly, offensive lineman John Jerry (knee), safety Stevie Brown (knee) and wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) do appear to have made the trip, but it remains unclear if they will see any snaps.
For the Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin, this is a rough way to start the 2014 campaign. After joining the ranks of the NFL's most injured team's in history in 2013, Big Blue had hoped to come back this year, make changes to diet and stretching, and eliminate some of these injuries — especially those of the soft tissue variety. However, despite those changes, the Giants appear to be starting right where they had left off in 2013.
Thankfully for the Giants, it's only Week 1 of the preseason and they have nearly five more weeks to heal up before the games start to count.
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