New York Giants Claim WR Devin Thomas, Madison Hedgecock to IR: The Giants claimed WR Devin Thomas off of waivers from the Carolina Panthers yesterday. To make room for Thomas, the Giants placed FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) on Injured Reserve. Hedgecock’s season is officially over.
Thomas was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, but thus far has proven to be a huge bust in the NFL. The Redskins waived him October and he was claimed by the Panthers. The Panthers waived him on Tuesday.
The Giants also signed TE Jake Ballard and CB Woodny Turenne to the Practice Squad. Ballard played for the Giants against the Eagles after being signed off of New York’s Practice Squad last Saturday. The Giants waived him on Tuesday when the signed WR Michael Clayton. Turenne was waived by the Chicago Bears shortly before the current season started.
Brandon Jacobs Regains Starting Job: Head Coach Tom Coughlin announced to the press yesterday that Brandon Jacobs has regained the starting halfback job over Ahmad Bradshaw.
“We’re going to have Brandon start this week, but as I said, there are plenty of carries to go around,” said Coughlin.
When Coughlin was asked if the move was due to Bradshaw’s fumbling issues, Coughlin replied, “Well, the number one consideration is to try to stop beating ourselves. That’s one area that we should be able to improve. It’s very frustrating not to improve in that area…(Bradshaw is) not happy, but he’s going to fight his way through it. Why it would be a total surprise to anybody is beyond me.”
“We’re going to try to get Danny Ware some work as well,” said Coughlin.
“They said a change has been made, and I’m doing whatever is good for the team,” Bradshaw said.
“To me, it’s just temporary,” Jacobs said. “I think people are making a little too much of it. We know what Ahmad means to this football team. His character, his heart, his hard work. And he knows that as well. If you ask me, it’s just temporary. I don’t know what the reason for the whole thing is or what they’re trying to prove, but it’s temporary. And I’m just going to get in and do what they ask me to do.”
Injury Update: Not practicing yesterday were WR Hakeem Nicks (leg), WR Steve Smith (pectoral), OC Shaun O’Hara (foot), LT David Diehl (hamstring/hip), DE Justin Tuck (quad), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), and CB/Returner Will Blackmon (chest).
When asked about how Nicks’ fasciotomy went, Head Coach Tom Coughlin replied, “He did well. According to what has been reported, the situation was well done, well handled and he’s optimistic about a speedy recovery.” But Coughlin did say that Nicks is still expected to miss three weeks.
“(Tuck is) sore – got a helmet in the thigh area and that type of thing,” said Coughlin. “He’s better. He came in this morning, got his work in and he was a little bit better, so I’m thinking tomorrow will be a better day.”
LT Shawn Andrews (back) was limited in practice.
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