Nov 072013
 
 November 7, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Shaun Rogers (95), New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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Giants Place David Wilson and Shaun Rogers on Injured Reserve; Activate Andre Brown and Markus Kuhn: The New York Giants placed RB David Wilson (neck) and DT Shaun Rogers (knee) on season-ending Injured Reserve on Thursday. To fill their roster spots, the Giants activated RB Andre Brown off of the short-term Injured Reserve list and DT Markus Kuhn off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list.

November 7, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Aside from RB David Wilson and DT Shaun Rogers, not practicing on Thursday were CB Trumaine McBride (groin) and CB Corey Webster (groin).

“(McBride has) got some soreness in the groin kind of area, so we decided to hold him and see if he’s better and ready to go (on Friday),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), WR Victor Cruz (neck), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Jacobs) did some,” said Coughlin. “We’ll see what (his hamstring is) like (on Friday)…I don’t think you’d call it a setback. He just has some issues and you’re going to have to deal with them.”

TE Adrien Robinson (foot) fully practiced.

November 7, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

November 7, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Running Game: No Marathoners in Giants’ Backfield by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on LB Jacquian Williams: Jacquian Williams likely to start at weakside linebacker for Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on CB Trumaine McBride: Perry Fewell says it’s Trumaine McBride’s job to lose at DB by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

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Nov 042013
 
 November 4, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
David Wilson (22), Eli Manning (10), New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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November 4, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – David Wilson Better, But Still Not Cleared: Not practicing on Monday were RB David Wilson (neck) and CB Corey Webster (groin).

Wilson underwent another MRI on Monday to determine if his neck has improved. Wilson originally injured his neck on October 6 in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants announced that while Wilson’s herniated disc has significantly improved, Wilson has not yet been cleared to resume football activities. The Giants say Wilson will undergo another evaluation in several weeks.

Giants Waive LB Dan Connor Off of Injured Reserve: The Giants waived LB Dan Connor off of Injured Reserve on Monday. Conner was placed on Injured Reserve on September 12 with a neck injury (burner).

Giants Sign CB Brandon Jones to Practice Squad: The Giants signed CB Brandon Jones to the Practice Squad on Monday. The Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of RB Jeremy Wright last week.

November 4, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

November 4, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Giants offense headed in new direction? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Is Eli Manning finding groove with shorter drops and attempts? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

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Oct 162013
 
 October 16, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
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RB Peyton Hillis – © USA TODAY Sports Image

New York Giants Sign RB Peyton Hillis: The Giants signed RB/FB Peyton Hillis on Wednesday. Hillis has spent time with the Broncos, Browns, Chiefs, and Buccaneers since being drafted in 2008. The Buccaneers released him in September. As previously reported, the Giants waived/injured RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan, was with the Giants from 2004-2011.

“I’m coming in with an open heart and open mind,” Hillis said, “and I’m looking to do whatever the coaching staff needs me to do to help this team win…From what I understand, a lot of the terminology is the same as it was in Tampa, and so it may be a quick process. Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see. A lot of the plays are the same. It’s just different terminology. As long as you get the terminology down, you’ll be fine. Here though, it seems like it’s the same as Tampa’s, so it shouldn’t be that big of a (transition).”

Hillis had his best season in 2010 when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns.

“I firmly believe I never had too much of an opportunity after I left Cleveland,” Hillis said. “I was behind Jamaal Charles at Kansas City. I didn’t get too much playing time. I felt when I got in I did well, and then I was in Tampa and never really got to touch the field because of Doug Martin. He’s pretty good. I’m just here to do whatever I can to help the team win. I think that this is a good team that can turn it around.”

“I came at peace with myself and my situation long ago,” Hillis said. “All I can do is what I can right now, so I can’t look in the past. I’ve got to keep on going.”

New York Giants Sign RB Jeremy Wright to the Practice Squad: The Giants signed RB Jeremy Wright to the Practice Squad on Wednesday. Wright is a rookie free agent who spent three weeks with the Giants in May 2013 before being waived. As previously reported, the Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of LB LB Darin Drakeford on Tuesday. 

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Minnesota Media Conference Call: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s media conference call with the Minnesota press is available at Giants.com.

QB Eli Manning’s Media Minnesota Conference Call: The transcript of QB Eli Manning’s media conference call with the Minnesota press is available at Giants.com.

Article on RB David Wilson: Sitting out best for David Wilson, team by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Giants’ Rueben Randle insists he’s on the same page with Eli Manning despite flurry of interceptions by The Star-Ledger

Article on FB John Conner: John Conner’s impact seen in ground game by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

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Oct 152013
 
 October 15, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Da'Rel Scott, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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RB David Wilson Injury Update: According to press reports, RB David Wilson visited with a neck specialist on Monday in Los Angeles to discuss his injured neck. The injury has supposedly been diagnosed as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine) and a herniated disc. As of now, surgery is not recommended. It is believed that Wilson will have to sit out the next 3-4 weeks and see how the injury responds to treatment. If Wilson’s neck does not improve, the Giants could decided to shut Wilson down for the remainder of the season. In some cases, spinal stenosis can be career ending, but it is not believed that Wilson’s malady is that severe.

Hakeem Nicks Trade Rumors Persist: Reports and rumors that the Giants may be willing to listen to trade offers for WR Hakeem Nicks persist. Nicks will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and it is widely believed that he will be seeking a huge pay day on the open market. And Nicks has not gone out of his way to say he definitely wants to return. Unless the Giants decide to slap the Franchise Tag on him, they may risk losing him and only possibly receiving a compensatory draft pick in return.

The NFL’s trade deadline is October 29.

Newsday is reporting that “a source familiar with the team’s thinking said consideration is being given to moving the wide receiver” before the deadline. When the source was asked if such trade talk was “ludicrous” or “imminent,” the source responded, “Probably right in the middle.” However, the source also said he does not think Nicks will be traded.

The Daily News is reporting that a source indicated that the Giants do not expect to trade Nicks, but the source did tell the paper that the team will listen to offers for the receiver or any veteran player.

Kim Jones of The NFL Network tweeted on Monday, “There is no truth to rumors the Giants are shopping Hakeem Nicks or open to trading him.” Bob Papa of Giants and Sirius Radio, also says the Giants are not shopping Nicks.

Roster Moves – Da’Rel Scott Waived/Injured: The Giants waived/injured RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday. Scott injured his hamstring late in the game against the Chicago Bears last Thursday. The Giants did not immediately fill Scott’s roster spot.

The Giants also terminated the Practice Squad contract of LB Darin Drakeford, who was signed on October 8th.

New York Giants Work Out Running Backs: According to press reports, the Giants worked out running backs Ryan Torain (ex-Giants), Peyton Hillis (ex-Buccaneers), D.J. Ware (ex-Buccaneers), and Jeremy Wright (ex-Giants) on Tuesday. Ware also played for the Giants from 2007-2011; Wright is a rookie free agent who was with the Giants for a few weeks in May. All four backs reportedly will have team physicals on Wednesday.

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

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: QB greats: ‘Insane’ for Giants to replace Eli in draft by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on RB Michael Cox: Giants rookie Cox runs solo as absences mount by John DeMarzo of The New York Post

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle, Giants puzzle piece by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

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Oct 112013
 
 October 11, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
David Wilson, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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RB David Wilson May Have Spinal Stenosis: RB David Wilson revealed on Friday that doctors fear he may be suffering from spinal stenosis, which is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. The injury is affecting his neck and could potentially end his season. However, the New York Giants have not officially announced their medical diagnosis and Wilson will be seeking a second opinion on Monday.

Wilson was asked by a reporter if the injury was stenosis, and Wilson replied, “That’s what it is. That’s what they think it is.”

“They’re just telling me to sit out until further notice,” said Wilson. “I’m just as clueless as you all are…I feel perfectly fine but the x-rays, one vertebra is closer to my spinal chord…They said they want to be cautious and check it our further.”

Wilson was asked if season-ending surgery was a possibility. “I have to get a second opinion; we don’t know yet,” replied Wilson.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if Wilson’s injury was potentially season-ending. “That’s not the way that it was presented to me,” responded Coughlin. “He is going for a second opinion, as you know. The thing that gave me some confidence is, David had an occurrence of this in college. He talked to me exactly about how it came about. It wasn’t a top of the crown type thing, or anything of that nature  It wasn’t that type of an injury. It’s a disc issue and they will determine the severity of it and whether or not over the course of a couple weeks, three weeks, four weeks, if that can become a better circumstance, then he would have a chance to come back and play. If it’s determined that’s not the case, we’ll go from there.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN: The audio of Friday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Terrell Thomas on team’s attitude at 0-6: ‘I think some don’t care, who knows? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Notes: Dating back to last season, the Giants have last their last eight road games.

The Giants have trailed at halftime in all six games this season.

The Giants have committed an NFL-high 23 turnovers this year – two more than they had for all of the 2012 season. The Giants have committed at least three turnovers in all six games

The Giants have only sacked opposing quarterbacks five times this season.

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Oct 092013
 
 October 9, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
David Wilson, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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RB David Wilson’s Injury Potentially Season Ending? The New York Post is reporting that RB David Wilson’s neck injury may be season ending. The Post says Wilson has an issue with a disc in his neck and will see a neck specialist in Los Angeles on Monday. An unidentified NFL source told the paper that there is concern the injury may require season-ending surgery. However, two other unidentified sources told The Post that the injury may not be that serious.

October 9, 2013 New York Giants Injury Update – Six Out For Bears Game: The Giants held a walk-thru practice on Wednesday. Not practicing were RB David Wilson (neck), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), DE Damontre Moore (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder). Of these seven players, all have officially been ruled “out” of Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears except for Moore who is “doubtful.”

Practicing on a limited basis were WR Louis Murphy (ankle), TE Brandon Myers (ankle), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), and LS Zak DeOssie (back). Murphy, Myers, and Joseph are “questionable” for the game while DeOssie is “probable.”

LB Mark Herzlich (toe) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) fully practiced. Both are “probable” for the game.

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin has no blueprint for Giants’ uncharted waters by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on the New York Giants and Linebackers: Giants Visit Land of Linebackers With a Changing Cast by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

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Oct 032013
 
 October 3, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
David Wilson and David Diehl, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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October 3, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Webster Has a Setback: Not practicing on Thursday were DT Linval Joseph (ankle/knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (knee/achilles), CB Corey Webster (hip), CB Aaron Ross (back), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), and TE Adrien Robinson (foot).

It looks like the Giants may be without both of their starting defensive tackles and three of their cornerbacks on Sunday.

Webster, who has missed the last two games, did not practice on Thursday after working on a limited basis on Wednesday. “(Webster) worked a couple of plays yesterday and came out today and he was sore, so they held him out,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

“(Joseph is) in a boot,” said Coughlin. “He actually has made pretty good progress, but at this point in time he does not have the green light.”

DT Shaun Rogers (back), LB Mark Herzlich (toe), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder), and OT David Diehl (thumb) fully practiced.

Diehl to Start at Right Guard: David Diehl revealed on Thursday that he will start at right guard in place of James Brewer this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles. Will Beatty will remain at left tackle, Kevin Booth at left guard, Jim Cordle at center, and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

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

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: Jerry Reese Needs to Answer for the Giants’ 0-4 start by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin Not Immune if NY Giants Skid Continues by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Hakeem Nicks, and RB David Wilson: First-Round Fizzles Behind Giants’ 0-4 Flop by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Offensive Woes Suggest the Giants Are Behind the Times by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on OC Jim Cordle: Jim Cordle and O-Line Subs Look to Improve by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on S Will Hill: In His Own Words: Giants S Will Hill Looks for Fresh Start as Suspension Ends by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

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Sep 192013
 
 September 19, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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September 19, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were CB Corey Webster (hip), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OG Brandon Mosley (back), OT David Diehl (thumb), and QB Ryan Nassib (foot). Webster, Mosley, and Nassib were new additions to the injury report. Robinson did not practice after practicing on Wednesday.

New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

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

John Madden on the Giants and QB Eli Manning: John Madden Analyzes Eli’s Turnovers by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on RB David Wilson: David Wilson Comfortable, Confident Heading into Carolina Matchup by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the Giants’ Offensive Line: Giants Guard Kevin Boothe Calls Performance of Offensive Line ‘Shocking’ by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on P Steve Weatherford: Weatherford Aims for Bounce Back Game by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Linebacker Lawrence Taylor: The Movie That Made Lawrence Taylor Cry for What He’d Done by Greg Hanlon of CapitalNewYork.com

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Sep 182013
 
 September 18, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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September 18, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Other than the players on Injured Reserve, OT David Diehl (thumb) was the only player not to practice on Wednesday. TE Adrien Robinson (foot) was limited in practice.

September 18, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin Must Cope with the Tragic Death of His Brother by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Giants’ Struggling Defense Lacks Passion by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP of Old is Cure for Giants’ Pass Rush by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Articles on Giants’ Running Game:

Article on Former Giants Head Coach Bill Parcells: Tuna Time: Roasting Bill Parcells by Greg  Hanlon of The New York Observer

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Sep 152013
 
 September 15, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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New York Giants Fall to 0-2: The New York Giants lost to the Denver Broncos 41-23 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. With the defeat, the Giants have fallen to 0-2.

The game was competitive until late in the third quarter when the Broncos pulled away. But third-down inefficiency (1-for-11 on third down), red-zone inefficiency (1-of-3 inside the red zone), turnovers (four interceptions), and an inability to run the football (23 yards rushing) killed New York. In addition, the Giants’ defense allowed 416 total yards, including 109 yards rushing and never sacked QB Peyton Manning. All three phases failed as the Giants’ special teams allowed an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown that put the game out of reach, and P Steve Weatherford struggled (22 net yards per punt).

After the game, safety Antrel Rolle was asked if he felt the Giants were better than their record. “I can say what we are, but the record shows otherwise,” replied Rolle. “The record shows 0-2, so at this point, we’re an 0-2 team. It’s up to us what we’re going to do from this point on. We can either get in the tank, which is something that we will never, ever do, or we can go out and fight like I hope that we will do and like I see us going out there and doing. We have to pick it up. We have to pick it up in all three phases on the game, offensively, defensively, and special teams and make sure you clear up certain things because there are a lot of things that need to be clear.”

The Broncos received the football to start the game and easily drove 91 yards down field to the Giants’ 6-yard line. But the Giants’ defense forced their only turnover when DT Cullen Jenkins forced a fumble that S Ryan Mundy recovered in the end zone.

On the first play of New York’s first possession, QB Eli Manning hit WR Victor Cruz for a 51-yard completion, but the drive stalled at the Denver 18-yard line and the Giants settled for a 36-yard field goal by PK Josh Brown.

The score remained a 3-0 Giants until the second quarter as both teams exchanged punts twice. Denver began their fourth drive on the Giants’ 40-yard line. Four plays later, RB Knowshon Moreno broke off a 20-yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter, the Broncos led 7-3.

After both teams exchanged punts again, the Giants started their fifth possession a Denver’s 43-yard line. However, the drive stalled at the 6-yard line and the Giants settled for a 24-yard field goal. Broncos 7 – Giants 6.

After the Giants’ defense forced a three-and-out, the Giants drove 37 yards in seven pays to set up a 41-yard field goal by Brown as the Giants regained the lead 9-7. Denver responded with an 8-play, 56-yard drive that set up a 42-yard field goal as Denver went back up 10-9. The Giants had a chance late in the second quarter to add more points as 34-yard pass to WR Hakeem Nicks and a 21-yard pass interference penalty set the Giants up at the Broncos 28-yard line with 16 seconds to go before intermission. But Manning’s deep pass for Nicks was intercepted in the end zone.

At halftime, the Broncos led 10-9.

In the second half, after a three-and-out by New York, the Broncos extended their advantage to 17-9 as Denver drove 53 yards in nine plays with the possession culminating in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to WR Wes Welker. The Giants responded with a 9-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Brandon Jacobs. With just over three minutes to play in the third quarter, the Giants had cut the score to 17-16.

But then the roof caved in as the Broncos scored 21 unanswered points in a matter of minutes, including a 7-play, 80-yard drive that finished with a 25-yard touchdown run by Moreno; a 5-play, 36-yard touchdown drive after Eli Manning’s second interception; and an 81-yard punt return by WR Trindon Holliday. With 10 minutes to play, the Giants trailed 38-16.

Eli Manning was picked two more times in the fourth quarter as the Giants desperately tried to get back into the game. New York did score with four minutes left as RB Da’Rel Scott caught a 23-yard touchdown pass. But it was far too little, far too late. Denver tacked on a late 47-yard field goal.

Eli Manning finished the game 28-of-49 for 362 yards, 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions. Running backs David Wilson, Brandon Jacobs, and Da’Rel Scott combined for 23 yards on 19 carries (1.2 yards per carry). Victor Cruz caught 8 passes for 118 yards.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference is available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of the post-game media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Michael Cox, TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OT David Diehl (thumb), OG Brandon Mosley, DT Johnathan Hankins, and LB Allen Bradford.

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