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Injury Report – WR David Tyree Has Fractured Wrist; WR Plaxico Burress Ailing; FB Robert Douglas Undergoes Knee Surgery: The injury news – once again – keeps getting worse for the Giants. It was revealed yesterday that WR David Tyree fractured his left wrist in the game against the Jets and was scheduled to undergo surgery last night. Tyree will likely be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
Even more disheartening is that it was revealed yesterday that WR Plaxico Burress – who has barely practiced at all since August 2nd due to a sprained ankle – now has a back condition that required him to go see a back specialist. “Burress is over in New York seeing the doctor about his back,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “It started at the end of last week. After he practiced a few days…Im not sure what it was, what provoked it I dont know…Over the weekend it got somewhat better but not completely, so that is why he is seeing a doctor. ” Burress has not played in a game this preseason.
And Robert Douglas, the only fullback on the roster, will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus cartilage in one of his knees. “I really dont know what the timeframe will be on that,” said Coughlin. “They can tell us more after they do the scope.”
Without Douglas, HB Reuben Droughns was forced to move to fullback in practice yesterday, a move that Droughns has previously said he would not be thrilled with. “We are going to work Reuben, who has done that before, you know, did it in Denver and of course (TE Michael) Matthews,” said Coughlin. “I would like to see Reuben this week at fullback.”
In addition to Tyree, Burress, and Douglas, 12 more players missed practice yesterday: LB Kawika Mitchell (groin), LB Gerris Wilkinson (knee), CB Sam Madison (hamstring), S Will Demps (elbow), CB E.J. Underwood (jaw), CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), CB Gerrick McPhearson (ankle), DE Adrian Awasom (abductor), OC Grey Ruegamer (ankle), OC Todd Londot (ankle), OT/OG Adam Koets (undisclosed injury), and LS Ryan Kuehl (calf).
TE Jeremy Shockey (hamstring), HB Derrick Ward (ankle), and P Jeff Feagles (back) did return to practice.
Also, the prognosis for CB E.J. Underwood (broken) jaw was significantly improved. “They are talking about a week,” said Coughlin, “that he could actually practice in a weeks time.”
WR Sinorice Moss practiced but continues to be bothered by an ankle injury. WR Anthony Mix worked with the first team in practice yesterday.
Giants Place DT Marcus Bell on Injured Reserve: The Giants placed DT Marcus Bell on Injured Reserve with an unspecified knee injury. His season is over.
Bell is the seventh Giant to be placed on Injured Reserve, joining FB Jim Finn, WR Michael Jennings, S Michael Stone, TE Darcy Johnson, DE Charrod Taylor, and DE Dek Bake.
Giants Waive Six Players: The Giants waived six players yesterday. TE Rodney Burgess (shoulder) was waived/injured. OT Myniya Smith, LB Karibi Dede, S Richard Yancy, OC Nick Jones, and WR Will Buchanon were waived.
The Giants must make one more move to reach the 75-man roster limit by 4PM today.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s press conference from yesterday is available at Giants.com. The video of the media session is also available.
Video of Various Player Media Q&A Sessions: The video of the media Q&A sessions with the following players from yesterday is available at Giants.com:
Article on DE Michael Strahan: With Strahan, There’s No Rush by Gary Myers of The Daily News
Article on the Place Kickers: Giants Tynes, Huston to Get Another Chance in Preseason Finale by Vinny DiTrani of The Bergen Record
Article on DT Jay Alford: Double Duty Not a Snap for Giants’ Alford by Ernie Palladino of The Journal News