Sep 282006

September 27, 2006 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing yesterday were WR Plaxico Burress (back), TE Jeremy Shockey (ankle), LB Carlos Emmons (pectoral muscle), DE Michael Strahan, WR Tim Carter (ankle), WR Sinorice Moss (quad), OC Shaun O’Hara (knee), DT Barry Cofield, and S James Butler (knee).

HB Derrick Ward (broken foot) has begun to workout on a limited basis.

“Carlos is going to be out probably three weeks with a strained pec,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “There was a small tear and that is why there is a healing process. There is an amount of time involved.”

“(Burress and Shockey) were kept inside because of medical treatments that they were going through and it was felt that they would be better if they were not to stand for the whole two hours,” said Coughlin. “(Shockey’s ankle) is quite swollen. It is quite swollen, so that is why the recommendation to stay inside…(He needs) rest and treatment.”

“I feel good,” Burress said. “I have a little smile on my face, because I haven’t been able to bend over and put my shoes on for the last eight days. I’m a lot better. The soreness is going away. I’m working on getting stronger in my core section. I’m looking forward to coming back full speed and a hundred percent.”

Notes and Quotes: According to The Star-Ledger, the players worked out yesterday by the Giants included quarterbacks Bradlee Van Pelt and Kent Smith; running back Robert Douglas; tight ends Dwayne Carswell and Eric Edwards; wide receives Troy Bergeron and Kevin McMahan; defensive ends John Chick, Darrell Lee, and Bernard Thomas; linebackers Frederick Brock, Andre Frazier, and Rod Davis; and defensive backs Julian Battle, Michael Stone, and Donald Strickland. The Giants did not sign any of these players.

MLB Antonio Pierce on the Giants’ defense: “I’ve said it since the beginning of camp: When you have 22 eyes seeing the same thing, you’ve got something. We can’t have guys running two or three different defenses on the same play. We’ve got a lot of work to do now, but it’s fixable. It’s just opening your eyes a little bit more.”

LB LaVar Arrington on the Giants’ coaching staff: “Honestly, I trust these coaches. And I think that a huge part of me coming here was because of how I felt about these coaches. And that doesn’t change, that hasn’t changed… (Defensive Coordinator) Tim (Lewis) was just being attacked in that (media) interview (on Tuesday). I didn’t sleep well. So many times coaches take the brunt of our mistakes…I know these coaches are doing the best that they can to put us in the position to win the game. There’s no coach putting us in the wrong positions.”

HB Tiki Barber on the state of the Giants: “I think we’ll be okay. Obviously, you go through some turmoil after the debacle we had in Seattle. But I think we’ll rebound and we’ll be fine. (The morale) is solid, mainly because we have a good leader in Coach Coughlin. He gave us a pretty good speech this morning that I think was right on point. He addressed all the issues and told us exactly what we needed to hear going into this bye week, and hopefully it gets everybody’s mind off what has happened the last couple of weeks. It was the right message – we have to stay together as a team. It’s easy to get distracted and start splintering. He’s not going to let that happen, and I don’t think the veteran leaders are going to let that happen.”

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