Will Beatty Placed on IR; Chase Blackburn Re-Signed: The Giants officially placed OT Will Beatty on season-ending Injured Reserve yesterday. Beatty underwent surgery last week to repair a detached retina in his right eye.
To fill Beatty’s roster spot, the Giants re-signed LB Chase Blackburn. Blackburn played with the Giants from 2005-10.
“(Blackburn is) still in great shape,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “We’ve worked him out before. He has knowledge of our system. He can play in the depth of our system right away. He’s also a contributor on special teams, which is good timing with regards to that as well.”
“I know I haven’t played a lot of football lately, but I’m going to give it everything I can, just like I always do,” Blackburn said. “I haven’t played a game, but I’m going to do everything I can. I’ll push through it. No matter how tired I get, I’ll push through it and we’ll figure it out.”
“I’m looking forward to every hit, not just the first one,” said Blackburn.
“One of the reasons, I think, they brought me back, knowing the system, knowing the special teams, knowing the guys,” said Blackburn. “I know the chemistry in the locker room and things like that. I know the coaches and what they expect. I think that all plays into it, but I’m just glad to be back wearing that ‘NY.’ Even though I’m in number 93, I still have the ‘NY’ on the chest.”
Practice Squad Moves: The Giants have signed WR Isaiah Stanback to the Practice Squad. To make room for Stanback, the team terminated the contract of QB Ryan Perrilloux. Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Roster Analysis (with scouting report) sections of the website.
Five Giants to Be Added to “Ring of Honor”: Five more former Giants’ players will be added to the team’s “Ring of Honor” during halftime ceremonies on Sunday. The players are:
- Fullback and Head Coach Alex Webster
- Linebacker Brad Van Pelt
- Linebacker Carl Banks
- Tight End Mark Bavaro
- Punter Dave Jennings
These five will join the 30 original members of the “Ring of Honor.”
Injury Report: Aside from the 12 players on Injured Reserve, not practicing yesterday were HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Hakeem Nicks (ribs/concussion), WR Mario Manningham (knee), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), LB Mark Herzlich (ankle), and S Antrel Rolle (back).
“Boley and Bradshaw are going to get worked out, see where they stand,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin before practice. “Herzlich has an ankle injury and you’ll see him around in a boot and what have you. We’re going to kind of wait and see what that looks like.”
Bradshaw was asked if he could practice this week. “Practice? I don’t think I want to,” said Bradshaw. “I want to be as healthy as I can on Sunday. I’m planning on playing. You can write what you wanna write.”
But Bradshaw also said, “I don’t want to get out and play and sit out the next game. I don’t want to do it that way. I want to play the rest of the year…It’s a bone, and I’m just trying to let it heal. All it is is just dealing with the pain. If I can deal with the pain in the game, then I’ll be fine.”
“I’m hopeful for this week,’’ Boley said. “I’m still trying to take it slow but I hate watching games from the sidelines. I don’t want to push it too hard and set myself back and have to miss another couple weeks. I’m still taking it slow, see how it goes.’’
“We’re going to try to see what (Manningham) can do,” said Coughlin. “They’ll reduce his reps. I think he wants to go. It’s just a matter of does he have swelling in the knee and we have to see if he can play with it and will it respond.”
“(No news on Umenyiora) other than the fact that he’s injured and I can say day-to-day all I want, but chances are he will not make this one,” said Coughlin.
The Daily News is reporting the Umenyiora’s ankle sprain is “real bad” and that Umenyiora will likely miss 2-4 weeks of action.
WR Victor Cruz (hip), DE Justin Tuck (ankle), and S Derrick Martin (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.
“(The hip) may slow (Cruz) down for a day, but after that I think he’ll be fine,” said Coughlin.
Player Media Q&As: The transcripts and video of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:
- QB Eli Manning (Video)
- OG Kevin Boothe (Video)
- DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
- LB Michael Boley (Video)
- LB Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: Giants Coach Tom Coughlin Shouldn’t Take All the Blame for Team’s Troubles by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger
Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Not to Blame for Big Blue Mess by Johnette Howard of ESPNNewYork.com
Article on Former Giant DE Michael Strahan: Michael Strahan visits Giants D-Line by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
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