Aug 172014
 
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Cooper Taylor (30), New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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August 17, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Four New York Giants were injured in the team’s 27-26 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night: CB Prince Amukamara (groin), S Cooper Taylor (foot/toe), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), and DT Markus Kuhn (elbow).

Taylor sustained an injury to the sesamoid bone in his foot.

“Cooper is significant and he has an injury that will require quite a bit of time,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “That is most unfortunate for the young man…It is a foot injury again. It is one of those sesamoid deals up under the toe. It’s excessive enough that they are saying he will be out for quite some time.”

Regarding Amukamara, Coughlin said, “I believe he will (an MRI). It is a groin and whenever you have something like that with a position that of course Prince Amukamara plays you are concerned. We will see, I don’t know that it is day to day but he is sore.”

On Brown, Coughlin said, “I’m not sure exactly how much time Charles Brown will miss, but there may be some time in there. I know the normal deal here is to put them in a brace or fit them for a brace as soon as he is capable with playing without the soreness, so we will see.”

Coughlin said Kuhn hyperextended his elbow but will likely be able to play with the injury.

August 17, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript from Sunday’s media conference call with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at BigBlueInteractive.com. Some tidbits from Coughlin:

  • “We continue to not really have very many big plays. We had some at the end of the game. There are not enough plays being made by our starters on the offensive or defensive side of the ball…All of the sudden the preseason is flying by here, and we do have an awful lot still to accomplish.”
  • “I think we have to work on a lot of things. Basically we have to work on everything. Last night we didn’t run it, we certainly didn’t throw the ball with any consistency. We don’t have people who are definitely running open. Our protection does break down from time to time and we don’t react well under pressure when we do realize that there has to be a hot or sight adjustment involved in getting the ball out of the quarterback’s hand and trying to accomplish a positive play in the face of pressure.”
  • “We are not stuck with anything (on the offensive line). As I said, just because five guys trot out there doesn’t mean that’s the starting unit.”
  • “(The starters) better (play with a sense of urgency). It’s not written in stone about what you do with the last preseason game either (in terms of the starters not playing much).”

August 16, 2014 Tom Coughlin Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference on Saturday night is available at Giants.com.

New York Giants Post-Game Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of the post-game media Q&As on Saturday night with the following players are available at Giants.com:

NY Post Q&A with LB Jameel McClain: Serby’s Sunday Q&A with Jameel McClain by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on the Giants-Colts Game: Giants: 10 positives to take from victory over the Colts includes the improving linebackers by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Article on DE Israel Idonije: No Longer an Impact Player, a Giant Finds a Way to Deliver a Kaboom by Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times

Article on LB Jacquian Williams: Soft-spoken Giants LB Williams ready for loud year on field by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on CB Walter Thurmond: Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond III is a filmmaker by Tom Rock of Newsday

Aug 162014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (August 16, 2014)

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The New York Giants were trailing by 26 points in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s preseason contest against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Giants had been outgained and outplayed. Eli Manning and the starting offense looked lifeless and the defense emotionless. The final 15 minutes of play couldn’t count down fast enough.

Curtis Painter led the Giants on their first score of the game. Then the defense scored. And then Ryan Nassib happened.

The second-year pro entered the game and led the Giants on two touchdown drives in last eight minutes of the game as New York defeated Indianapolis, 27-26, at the Lucas Oil Stadium.

Nassib completed 11-of-15 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in the victory. With 2:34 seconds remaining in the game, the Syracuse alum marched the Giants on a nine-play, 86-yard game-winning drive, including overcoming a 4th-and-16 situation with a 26-yard pass to tight end Adrien Robinson. With 59 seconds left, Nassib hit Corey Washington for a 4-yard game-winning touchdown. It was Washington’s third-straight game-winning grab.

While Nassib’s connection capped an overall wild night, there was no hiding an otherwise treacherous performance from the Giants starters. Manning struggled again completing just 1-of-7 passes for a measly six yards. Running backs Andre Williams and Rashad Jennings combined for 36 yards on 15 carries and receivers Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz went catchless.

“Whatever words you want to describe it,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, “there’s no production.”

Manning and the starters managed to extend one drive past three plays, picking up two first downs via penalties. Cruz fumbled on the drive and Manning threw an interception but both were negated via defensive holding calls.

Jacquian Williams, New York Giants (August 16, 2014)

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Defensively, the Giants starters didn’t fare much better. After forcing a Colts punt on the first drive of the game, Andrew Luck led Indianapolis on three-straight scoring drives highlighted by a five-yard touchdown pass to Griff Whalen.

Luck finished 12-of-18 for 89 yards. Matt Hasselbeck and Chandler Harnish followed Luck and combined to complete 15-of-31 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown.

“It wasn’t impressive at all,” Coughlin said. “We didn’t get a whole lot done. There’s nothing to look at form a production standpoint.”

Former Giant Hakeem Nicks, who signed with the Colts as a free agent this offseason, spent Saturday evening making a mockery of the Giants secondary. The former first-round pick caught five passes for 53 yards in the first quarter. Nicks had a 39-yard reception negated after taunting the Giants bench.

Following the game, Nicks was asked if this game meant more than another preseason game:

“Uh, yeah,” he said.

In the game, the Giants lost Prince Amukamara (groin), Markus Kuhn (elbow), Charles Brown (shoulder) and Cooper Taylor (toe) to injuries. Taylor was seen leaving the X-ray room following the game on crutches and a walking boot. Amukamara said he didn’t believe his groin injury was serious and Coughlin indicated Kuhn would be fine.

The Giants will have off tomorrow before returning to practice on Monday.

Aug 152014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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ESPN Radio Interview with RB Andre Williams: The audio of ESPN Radio’s interview with RB Andre Williams is available at ESPN.com.

Articles on New York Giants Training Camp:

Article on WR Corey Washington: Corey Washington making a sizable impression by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants Defense: Giants feel confident they have the tools to create a versatile defense with the help of a few little-known players by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Line:

Sights and Sounds from Training Camp: A sights and sounds video of action from New York Giants training camp is available at Giants.com.

Aug 152014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (August 7, 2013)

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When David Wilson retired from the New York Giants due to complications with spinal stenosis that ended his NFL career after only three seasons, he mentioned his retirement was simply the end one chapter and beginning of another.

“I realize how much people have helped me along the way,” Wilson said. “When you push the pause button, you get to look at that. But I plan on pushing ‘play’ real soon. Moving on in future endeavors, I’m excited.”

It appears as if Wilson’s life has resumed play.

One week after appearing on ESPN’s NFL Live, Wilson will co-host NBC’s Pro Football Talk with Mike Florio and Dave Briggs. The trio will break down a few select NFL preseason match ups coming this weekend.

The Giants drafted Wilson in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and the Virginia Tech alum made a near immediate impact on special teams. The 23-year-old gained 1,533 kick return yards and scored a touchdown. He set an NFL record his rookie year versus the New Orleans Saints. In a 52-27 Giants victory, Wilson returned four kickoffs for 227 yards (including a 97-yard touchdown) and also ran for 100 yards and two additional touchdowns. He became the first player in NFL history with 200 kick return yards and 100 rushing yards.

Entering year two, Wilson was expected to lead the Giants rushing attack, but struggled early on holding on to the football. Versus the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilson’s season ended when he suffered a ‘neck burner.’ When doctors sent Wilson for further tests, it revealed his spinal stenosis.

Wilson had vertebrae fusion surgery and endured a long rehabilitation process this offseason. Just eight days after receiving medical clearance, Wilson re-injured his neck and was advised by doctors to not continue playing football.

Wilson finished his NFL career with 504 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. He returned 66 total kickoffs for 1,755 yards and one touchdown.

Aug 142014
 
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August 14, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Daniel Fells (knee), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), and LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot).

“(Fells) is not out here,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He started back, but we couldn’t get him all the way back. We are supposed to have him next week.”

FB John Conner (concussion) worked in individual drills.

WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) participated in individual and some team drills.

“(Beckham) is not going to play (on Saturday against the Colts),” said Coughlin. “Expect him next week, but not this week. There is not enough work…We have had him for individuals and we have had him for a few plays. When the few plays are run, he looks to be doing fine, but like everybody, they need more repetition, more time on the field. They need to be in that fatigued state to see how they perform then. We need all of those things to take place.”

August 14, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Thursday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Victor Cruz, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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August 14, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

ESPN Radio Interview with DE Mathias Kiwanuka: The audio of ESPN Radio’s interview with DE Mathias Kiwanuka on Thursday is available at ESPN.com.

Article on 2014 New York Giants: Selecting the most important Giants for 2014 by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Why Tom Coughlin doesn’t plan to stop coaching any time soon by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger

Article on FB Henry Hynoski: A new name in Giants tight end mix: fullback Henry Hynoski by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on WR Victor Cruz and CB Walter Thurmond: Inside Victor Cruz and Walter Thurmond III’s practice battles by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Articles on LB Devon Kennard:

Articles on CB Walter Thurmond:

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Antrel Rolle has the preseason highlight to prove he’s back at safety by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Notes: Lef tackle Will Beatty will see his first action in football game this weekend since breaking his leg in the 2013 regular-season finale.

Curtis Painter will be the second quarterback on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Nassib will come in last.

Aug 132014
 
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August 13, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Wednesday were RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Daniel Fells (knee), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), OG John Sullen (unknown), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), and CB Zack Bowman (knee).

DT Mike Patterson (shoulder) participated in individual drills. FB John Conner (concussion) worked with the training staff on the side of the practice fields.

WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) participated in individual and some team drills.

August 13, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Wednesday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

August 13, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

3 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Giants offense: Why you should panic and why you should have hope by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle backs up Odell Beckham’s ‘best offense’ comments by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on TE Larry Donnell: Giants: Larry Donnell progressing at tight end by JJ Conrad of The Bergen Record

Articles on the New York Giants Linebackers:

Aug 122014
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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August 12, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Tuesday were RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), FB John Conner (concussion), WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), and LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot).

“(Hillis is) coming, but it’s slow,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “(Conner) looks like he’s going to practice later in the week.”

Coughlin said Holliday was not likely to return to practice this week.

WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) participated in individual and some team drills.

“(Beckham is) building up,” said Coughlin after practice. “He had a few snaps today. Not many but a few.”

“It feels good,” said Beckham before practice. “It feels good to be able to move around. Like I said, its not 100%, it’s not full strength. I couldn’t even give you a percentage of how I was running yesterday but slowly but surely, it will get back to where it needs to be.”

August 12, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Tuesday’s press conferences with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

August 12, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Tuesdays’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

7 Takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: McAdoo teaches offense, learns patience by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Ryan Nassib assesses his performance vs. Steelers at Giants QB competition heats up by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on WR Corey Washington: Corey Washington, small-school big man by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Notes and Quotes: Former Giants WR Plaxico Burress watched practice on Tuesday.

Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo on WR Corey Washington: “Corey is a big man that can run and go get the football. That’s a good place to start. He is a young guy who has a lot to learn but he has done some special things over the last week. It will be exciting to see him grow.”

McAdoo on the tight ends: “I think Larry (Donnell) has had a nice camp so far. I think Daniel (Fells) had a good camp until he got nicked up. The other guys are making progress…I think Larry is conscientious guy. He is a big body; he’s capable of blocking sometimes better than he does on tape. He can go down the middle of the field and make a play on the ball. That needs to show up all the time. It is important to take care of your teammates on the field and that seems like it is pretty important to him.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin on the punt return game: “(Odell) Beckham will be a big part of it once he gets back. We have a lot of people trying it. I think that once we get Beckham back out there, I think it’ll crystallize for us.”

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August 11, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Monday were RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), FB John Conner (concussion), WR Victor Cruz (knee), WR Marcus Harris (hip), WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), and CB Jayron Hosley (foot).

WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) and TE Daniel Fells (knee) participated in individual drills.

“Well, Daniels Fells actually took some time on the field with us,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Xavier Grimble still is over there with the trainers, but I am hoping that Daniel Fells is better tomorrow and maybe we can get Xavier Grimble pretty quick. He’s been out a long time for a rookie.”

“(Harris is) supposed to work tomorrow,” said Coughlin. “(Beckham) did individual. They said he did alright. Maybe they can extend it a little bit tomorrow, I hope…(Beckham) probably wasn’t full speed today, but he got out there and did some things. I won’t be able to ascertain until he takes some team snaps.”

“(Cruz and Jernigan) will be back tomorrow, I hope,” said Coughlin.

August 11, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Monday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

August 11, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: Camp Confidential: New York Giants by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on the New York Giants Offense: With Time Growing Short, New Offense Has Giants’ Attention at Last by Tom Pedulla of The New York Times

Article on RB Andre Williams: Andre Williams: How did Giants’ rookie RB do as a blocker vs. Steelers? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Victor Cruz’s confidence in new Giants offense hasn’t wavered by Howie Kussoy of The New York Post

Article on DE Mathias Kiwanuka: Relaxed Mathias Kiwanuka feels he can have his best season yet at 31 by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Aug 102014
 
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John Conner, New York Giants (August 9, 2014)

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August 10, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Fullback John Conner suffered a concussion on the final play of Saturday’s Giants-Steelers preseason game.

“They are calling (it a concussion),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He is going through the protocol. I think anytime you are dinged and you come to the sideline that is the way it is going to be treated today. His eyes were bright and he was smiling when I left the locker room so I was a little bit surprised. It will be precaution and safety first so he will go through the protocol and who knows if he really is feeling as well as I thought he looked last night. Maybe that can all be accomplished in time for us to see where he will be at this week in terms of practice and play. I don’t know if anything is being ruled out just yet (in terms of the next preseason game on Saturday).”

Regarding wide receiver Odell Beckham, who has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury, Coughlin said, “He is going to practice tomorrow on an individual basis, and then they are going to assess where he is. If he can do a little more, then maybe he will do a little bit more, but if he can’t then we will keep it strictly with individual (drills).”

August 10, 2014 Tom Coughlin Conference Call: The transcript from Sunday’s conference call with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at BigBlueInteractive.com.

Article on the Giants-Steelers Game: Giants vs. Steelers observations: Ben McAdoo plays it safe again with new offense by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Passing Game: Tom Coughlin: Giants aren’t going down ‘miscommunication route again’ like last year by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Running Backs Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams: Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams are filling in nicely after loss of David Wilson by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on WR Odell Beckham: The Giants’ potential savior still sits on the sidelines by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Giants still unsure what they have with their offensive line by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Aug 102014
 
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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (August 9, 2014)

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Rashad Jennings waited patiently behind Eli Manning as the quarterback read the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. Manning shouted out signals, made adjustments and aligned everyone just right.

With every word Manning uttered, Jennings listened intently. He knew Manning knew exactly what to do. He knew Manning saw something.

“He made sure we were in the right play,” Jennings said.

The ball was snapped, guard Geoff Schwartz sealed a defender to the left, center J.D. Walton another to the right, a running lane appeared and Jennings darted through.

The rest? Well, that was easy.

“The rest was just a race,” Jennings said.

New York’s prized free-agent acquisition darted 73 yards through the gaping hole for a touchdown, highlighting New York’s 20-16 victory over the Steelers on Saturday night in East Rutherford.

“This is the beginning,” Jennings said. “We are still learning and growing and have a lot of stuff that we need to make sure we take care of, myself included. We are happy where we are at, but we are not satisfied.”

Jennings’ touchdown run highlighted an otherwise dismal performance from the Giants’ starting offense. Playing in front of their fans for the first time this season, the team never got into a rhythm, only picking up one first down all four possessions they were on the field.

Aside from Jennings 73-yard run, the Giants’ starting offense netted only eight measly yards (five of which came from a penalty). Wide receiver Victor Cruz went catch-less and Manning failed to complete a pass on his only two attempts. Taking into consideration the team’s Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills, Manning has yet to have pass travel more than 10 yards in the air.

“I think we’ll try to learn from this and understand that it’s just the preseason,” Manning said. “Not everything is going to be perfect, but we’ll definitely have some stuff to look at and to get better on a few things.”

Following Manning, second-year pro Ryan Nassib entered. The Syracuse alum finished 12-of-21 for 81 yards and led the team on a pair of field goal drives. But a costly error nearly cost the Giants the game.

With the Giants leading, 13-9, Nassib attempted to hit Michael Cox out of the backfield on a swing route. Cox missed the pass, which traveled behind the line of scrimmage, and Howard Jones scooped it up and returned it for a 28-yard touchdown. After the referees looked at the replay, it was determined the backwards pass was a lateral.

“You play those plays out and let the officials sort it out,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “That’s what he did and hopefully that’s what we’re doing in those circumstances always.”

While the mistake put the Giants down, it didn’t rule the team out. Instead, it was just another dose of Corey Washington dramatics. After catching a 73-yard, game-winning touchdown last week in Canton, it was Washington who the Giants went to again with the game on the line.

Facing a third-and-goal at the Steelers three, quarterback Curtis Painter threw a fade to Washington. The undrafted rookie went up and came down with the ball, putting the Giants on top for good.

“I’m 6-4, tall and lanky,” Washington said. “I can go up and get the ball. That helps against smaller corners. It can be big for the team this year.”

The Giants (2-0) will have Sunday off before returning to practice on Monday. The team travels to Indianapolis to take on the Colts (0-1) this Saturday.

Giants-Steelers Game Highlights: Video highlights from Saturday’s Giants-Steelers game are available at NFL.com.

Tom Coughlin Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference on Saturday night are available at Giants.com.

New York Giants Post-Game Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of the post-game media Q&As on Saturday night with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Post-Game Notes: Fullback John Conner may have suffered a concussion on the game’s last play. He will undergo further tests.

Not playing for the Giants in the game were: wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and Trindon Holliday (hamstring), tight ends Daniel Fells (knee) and Xavier Grimble (hamstring), linebacker Jon Beason (foot), tackle Will Beatty (leg), running back Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), cornerback Trumaine McBride (hip), and defensive linemen Mike Patterson (shoulder) and Kelcy Quarles (ankle).