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Injury Report: Head Coach Tom Coughlin said 11 players will not play against the Jaguars on Friday night.
Not practicing yesterday were HB Da’Rel Scott (thigh), OT Will Beatty (back), DE Justin Trattou (ankle), DT Rocky Bernard (knee), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (hip), LB Jake Muasau (hamstring), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (PUP – foot), TE Travis Beckum (PUP – knee), DT Chris Canty (PUP – knee), and LB Clint Sintim (PUP – knee).
Thomas addressed the press for the first time since the injury yesterday. “I don’t plan on having any more setbacks,” said Thomas. “I think that this was just a minor scare, more than anything. You just got to give it time.”
“I never had any pain, any weakness or anything,” said Thomas. “(The doctors) came to the consensus that there’s no reason to go in there and scope to find out if there’s anything wrong. There’s no reason to put him on IR and reconstruction. Let’s just see what happens with rehab because everything else around it is doing pretty well.”
“(The ACL was) aggravated,” said Thomas. “That’s the best way to put it. The ACL is so simple. It’s either working or it’s not. Mine’s is still working. Thank God. Something happened which caused it to swell. They thought it might have been a bone bruise or… Who knows what it could have been. I guess the basic definition is that I aggravated it…Not (a partial tear). If it’s torn, it’s torn. ACLs are either working or it’s not…Going forth, I don’t have any swelling right now and I never had pain and that’s weird if you really did some damage to your knee.”
When asked when he might return to practice, Thomas responded, “I think it’s all dependent on my leg. I think it’s something that can be three weeks or something that can be eight weeks, to be honest with you. I think that the Giants are going to be very (cautious). I think it’s smart, being that I re-aggravated it. I think the big picture is the long run – the rest of the season, getting to the playoffs and not starting Week 1.”
When asked about his rehab, Thomas said, “No impact. I don’t want to fatigue it at all. You kind of just want to give it time to calm down. Let your knee… Pretty much let it heal and build everything around it – my glutes, my hamstrings, my quads and all that.”
Coughlin was asked if there was anything new on Beatty. “Not really, they (the doctors) think he’s improving with the medication and the time he needs to fully recover to make sure that this is not a recurring issue,” said Coughlin. “The days are just flying by. It’s kind of a double-edged sword there.”
When asked about Nicks, Coughlin said, “It seems like he’s improving. He said that he’s doing some cutting now so that’s a good thing.”
Regarding Bernard, Coughlin said, “Just an old knee that kind of swelled up on him.”
Media Q&As With Assistant Coaches: The transcripts and video of yesterday’s media Q&As with the following assistant coaches are available at Giants.com:
Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:
Article on QB David Carr: For David Carr, Happiness Is a Headset and a Clipboard by Joshua Robinson of The Wall Street Journal
Article on HB David Wilson: RB David Wilson Preps for First Game by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
Article on DT Markus Kuhn: Kuhn Brings Fresh Approach to D-Line by Ryan Hayner of ESPNNewYork.com
Notes and Quotes: Head Coach Tom Coughlin said the starters will play about 15-18 plays against the Jaguars on Friday. The second-team will play about 20-25 snaps.
Running Backs Coach Jerald Ingram on HB David Wilson: “I think he has some innate habits. You have to understand David. David is an extremely likeable guy. David loves show. A lot of things he’s doing, he’s playing around, he’s been able to get away with things in college, so trying to hone in that, ‘Hey, these habits that you’ve done in the past for show, you can’t do that in the NFL. We want to get you on the field as fast as we can, take advantage of your speed, know when to get down, take care of the ball, and protect the ball.’ He had four fumbles, a year ago. We want to make sure that he is secure with the ball, he’s protecting the quarterback We’ll find the right plays, where we can utilize his speed. If he’s not ready, and the learning curve right now to protect against the linebackers, we’ll do some other things to find out what he can do and not worry about what he can’t do. He is going to be an integral part of what we do this year, somehow, someway. It may not be an awful lot, because we know that the defense gets paid too. If he comes out on the field, and all of you guys are saying, ‘Well, I guess we know what this play is, that was real good.’ We’re going to have enough of something that he is going to be a contributor who they have to at least try to defend. He does have that exceptional kind of speed that you’re looking for.”
Tight Ends Coach Mike Pope on TE Adrien Robinson: “Robinson has really been disadvantaged because number one, his class didn’t graduate until so late in June. He missed almost all of our spring work except for the mini-camp and that set him back quite a bit. Like a lot of players who are coming out at this position now he played in that college offense that is so wide open he wasn’t even in a three-point stance. He didn’t even line up beside the tackle and he didn’t conjunct blocks with the line at all because their offense was just so wide open. This has been a whole new thing for him so he’s been a little bit slower to move into that role. Here at our place you have to be a blocker first and then you grow into the passing game. If you think back to all the players that we’ve had here that have done well, that’s been the way we have developed them so he has to do that. You can see the athleticism; if you watch him in the one-on-one things against the defensive players he’s very athletic. He does have a large number of not flaws but areas that he hasn’t had any experience in. Until he makes up that time that he missed in the spring he won’t fix those flaws. It’ll happen but it’s not going to happen as quickly as it would have if we had had him in those nine practices in the spring.”
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