JEROME CUNNINGHAM TO 53-MAN ROSTER…
The New York Giants have signed tight end Jerome Cunningham to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad. Tight end Larry Donnell suffered a neck injury in last Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints and has not practiced this week.
Cunningham spent the first five weeks of the 2015 on the 53-man roster, but only played in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. He was waived and signed to the Practice Squad in October.
OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA TO SHORT-TERM IR…
The New York Giants have placed rookie defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa on the Reserve/Designated-for-Return List (short-term IR) due to his hamstring injury. The earliest Odighizuwa can return to the 53-man is the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles on January 3rd. Odighizuwa missed the first three games of the season due to a foot injury, was on the active roster for four games, but missed Saints game with the hamstring injury.
“Disappointed in the fact that we didn’t get to consistently work with him,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “The missed time definitely affects the young player, without a doubt, especially in that position. He needs more work…He’ll be with us, he’ll be right here, he’ll be in the meeting rooms, he’ll be on the field with the trainers trying to get himself to the position where he eventually can go again. But being around it is the thing that’s important right now.”
GIANTS SIGN CB DAX SWANSON TO THE PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed cornerback Dax Swanson to the Practice Squad. Swanson was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then he has spent time on the Practice Squads of the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Swanson is an instinctive, average-sized corner with good overall athleticism.
NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Larry Donnell (neck), LB Jon Beason (ankle/knee), LB J.T. Thomas (ankle), and CB Leon McFadden (groin) did not practice on Thursday.
“Started running today, even if it was just a light jog picking up some speed,” said Cruz. “The calf feels good and it’s all about how it feels running and going full speed because I haven’t tested it in that regard yet. But as of right now, it feels good, there’s no adverse pain, there’s nothing after today. Everything feels great…The MRI’s are clean, the MRI’s look good.”
As for his potential return to the playing field, Cruz said, “If I had to pick a time, and after the bye (Week 11) obviously looks like a promising date, but obviously the doctors haven’t told me that, no one said that to me. We’re just, like I said, taking it one day at a time…I don’t want to come back unless I’m 100 percent.”
RB Orleans Darkwa (back), WR Rueben Randle (hamstring), RG Geoff Schwartz (ankle), LB Uani ‘Unga (neck), CB Prince Amukamara (pectoral), and S Craig Dahl (neck) practiced on a limited basis.
“Prince worked well (on Wednesday),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin before Thursday’s practice. “The idea, of course, is to get him going and get him in position where he’s maneuvering as a defensive back will maneuver so when he does get the green light he can go.”
OT Will Beatty (pectoral – PUP) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand – roster exemption) continued to work on an undisclosed basis.
“(Beatty is) getting a lot of work in, really on both sides, whether it’s our offense or the look team and making some progress there, making some progress in individuals,” said Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo. “Good to see him out there moving around a little bit and we’ll see what happens this week.”
“(Pierre-Paul) practiced well (on Wednesday),” said Coughlin before Thursday’s practice. “This will be nice to have two days in a row. He got a lot of work on both sides, he played at end for the defensive unit and he also played some scout team. So we’re looking forward to extending that today.”
TOM COUGHLIN AND THE COORDINATORS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
- Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo (Video)
- Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (Video)
- Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:
The audio of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interview with WR Odell Beckham is available at ESPN.com.
- The Giants reach do-or-die game in most unlikely of places by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
- Giants’ Daniel Fells has an eighth surgery on his foot by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com
- New York Giants’ Weston Richburg Continues to Grow into the NFL’s Best Center by Brent Sobleski for BleacherReport.com
- Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz: ‘I truly feel’ I will play in 2015 by James Kratch for NJ.com
- Dwayne Harris no stranger to playing hurt, or returning to a game after being carted off field by Tom Rock of Newsday
- Jason Pierre-Paul wears a mitten to practice, Giants still trying to find right apparatus by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
- Steve Spagnuolo’s take on JPP’s potential impact by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
- Giants punter’s straight-forward take on game-costing penalty by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Instead of practicing, the Giants will hold a “recovery day” on Friday. The players will select two of six recovery stations, based on seniority. Their choices are massage, yoga, FMS (Functional Movement Screen) exercises designed for the individual, air compression boots, contrast bath (between a hot and cold tub), and self-massage with stick rollers and elastic bands.
The Giants will also have a 45-minute, up-tempo “walk-thru” practice on Saturday that is not open to the media. The Giants play the Buccaneers in Tampa on Sunday.