New York Giants Preseason: Latest Buzz on Player Injuries
Stop me if you've heard this before: the New York Giants are riddled with injuries heading into the season.
Perhaps the defensive line has taken the most hits this offseason, with a number of players going down, which forced the Giants to sign two defensive tackles to offset the rash of injuries (via New York Post).
Here's a look at the latest chatter regarding the injured Giants:
Shaun Rogers will miss the entire 2012 season due to a blood clot in his leg, a sore subject that I touched on yesterday.
Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger was one of many to break the news yesterday, tweeting:
Coughlin confirms DT Shaun Rogers is done for the season with a blood clot. Feels bad because Rogers showed commitment, lost 50 lbs. #nyg— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 14, 2012
The loss of Rogers paves the way for guys like Markus Kuhn and Dwayne Hendricks to make a name for themselves on Giants' defensive line.
Luckily for both Terrell Thomas and the G-Men, TT did not re-tear his recently surgically-repaired ACL and is confident he'll play again this season, according to ESPN New York.
As Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports, the timetable for Thomas' return is anywhere from three to eight weeks.
I think we're all hoping for a speedy recovery from Thomas, who had a career season for the G-Men in 2010.
Austin was the Giants' second-round pick of the 2011 draft and was supposed to make immediate contributions to the defense until he suffered a season-ending tear of his pectoral muscle during training camp.
This season, New York was expecting Austin to return to the field, but again he's plagued by injury—this time it's his back.
According to ESPN, the beds in the dorm rooms of the University of Albany have been plaguing a lot of the Giants with back issues.
Whatever it may be, the Giants need Austin healthy as soon as possible.
Defensive end Chris Canty is still recovering from a knee injury that has him on the PUP list and is unsure if he'll be on the field on opening day, according to ESPN New York's Jane McManus.
My knee is in better shape than it was in November, December of last season. It's just a matter of making sure that we're smart, so that moving forward, everything will be fine. We'll have no setbacks; we won't have any kind of lingering issues. I think they're taking the right approach, and I have the utmost confidence in the coaches and the medical staff.
Given the shape of the Giants' D-line, they could use Canty back on the field as soon as possible.
Canty had a career season for the G-Men last year, accumulating 47 tackles and four sacks.
Hakeem Nicks is recovering nicely from a broken foot suffered during training camp and has been removed from the PUP list.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News tweeted that Nicks will return to practice on Monday (August 20).
Tom Coughlin said he expects WR Hakeem Nicks to return to practice on Monday. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 14, 2012
In a time when the Giants need to hear some good news regarding injuries, Nicks has certainly given it to the Giants.
He's rehabbed exceptionally fast and everything points towards Nicks playing against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5.
Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York wrote on Tuesday that Barden sat out of practice with an ankle injury, but it's not clear if the injury is related to the surgery that was already done on that ankle.
New York is hoping that Barden will step up this season, something they have yet to see from their third-round draft pick of 2009.
Michael Boley's lagging hamstring injury during training camp is starting to frustrate fans and even head coach Tom Coughlin, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Tom Coughlin on LB Michael Boley's still-bothersome hamstring: "We're scratching our heads on that one. It's not a very good subject." #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 13, 2012
It was a mere week ago that I wrote that Boley is currently the Giants' best linebacker on the roster, but he can only be the best if he's on the field.
Boley was a key member of the Giants' linebacking corp in 2011, collecting 93 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
According to Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger, sophomore linebacker Jacquian Williams stepped awkwardly during practice the other day and tweaked his hip.
X-rays were negative, but as of Wednesday, Williams was still sidelined with the injury.
Williams was the most impressive of the Giants' rookie LBs last season, posting 78 tackles and a sack in a rookie campaign that saw him play all 16 games.
Alex Raskin of CBS Sports has Justin Trattou's injury covered, as he reported that Trattou—along with a few other teammates—was taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Trattou's ankle/heel issue hasn't gone away and after being examined by Dr. Russell Warren and Dr. David Levine, it was determined that he will likely miss the next several weeks -- at least. He sustained the injury the first week of camp. Trattou was in a walking boot, but he has been out of it for about a week.
The 2011 undrafted free agent is looking to add some depth to the Giants' roster at defensive end behind Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora.
There's some limited information on Michael Coe, as all we really know is that he injured his hamstring in practice the other day and sat out practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN New York.
With Terrell Thomas going down, the Giants are looking to Coe and the rest of the DBs to fill in.
Coe is trying to make a comeback from a season-ending shoulder injury sustained against the Philadelphia Eagles in mid-November 2011.
Travis Beckum still remains on the PUP list from the ACL injury he suffered in Super Bowl XLVI.
With no set tight end this season, 2012 is arguably Beckum's best chance to make a name for himself in New York.
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