David Diehl Re-Gains Starting Job: It was revealed yesterday that David Diehl, who has not started since week two when he suffered an injury to the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee, has re-gained his starting job at right tackle. Sean Locklear had been starting at right tackle for the past six games.
“(Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty) said, ‘You’re not being benched because of your play,’” Locklear said. “‘You’ve been playing good; you’ve done everything we’ve asked. It’s just the guy can’t lose his job from minor injury.’ I kind of expected it, I just didn’t know when it was going to happen. (Diehl has) been here 10 years, he’s started virtually every game. So I understand where they are coming from.”
Tynes Named “NFC Special Teams Player of the Month”: PK Lawrence Tynes has been named the “NFC Special Teams Player of the Month” for his performance during the month of October.
In four games in October, Tynes was 13-of-14 on field goal attempts and 12-for-12 on extra point tries. He also had nine touchbacks on kickoffs.
Injury Report: Not practicing yesterday were TE Bear Pascoe (ankle), LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), and LB Jacquian Williams (knee).
HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), OC David Baas (ankle/elbow), LB Keith Rivers (calf), S Antrel Rolle (concussion), and S Kenny Phillips (knee) practiced on a limited basis.
WR Victor Cruz (calf) and DT Rocky Bernard (quadriceps) fully practiced.
TE Travis Beckum (knee), who is currently on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List, also continues to practice.
Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of yesterday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
- Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride (Video)
- Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell (Video)
Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:
- HB Ahmad Bradshaw (Video)
- WR Victor Cruz (Video)
- DE Justin Tuck (Video)
- LB Michael Boley (Video)
- S Antrel Rolle (Video)
- S Kenny Phillips (Video)
- S Stevie Brown (Video)
DE Osi Umenyiora on ESPN Radio: The audio of yesterday’s ESPN Radio interview with DE Osi Umenyiora is available on ESPN.com.
Articles on the Giants’ Safeties:
- Giants, With Stevie Brown Playing Well and Kenny Phillips Returning, Likely to Use Three-Safety Look by Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger
- Giants May Play a Three-Safety Alignment vs. Steelers on Sunday by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record
Article on LB Mark Herzlich: With Their Sage Hurt, Giants Have His Fill-In by Sam Borden of The New York Times
Notes: The Giants have a turnover differential of plus-13, which ties them with New England for the NFL’s best. The Giants lead the NFL with 24 takeaways.
The Giants have been flagged 36 times (second lowest in the NFL) for 299 yards (third lowest in the NFL).
Giants’ quarterbacks have only been sacked seven times this season.
The Giants are averaging 29.3 points per game. If they keep that pace up, they will set a new team record for scoring.
Offensively, the Giants are second in the league with an average gain of 6.2 yards per play.
Defensively, the Giants are 30th in the league by allowing an average gain of 6.2 yards per play.