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C David Baas has a knee sprain.
Some of the Giants’ struggles have been a result of injuries. All teams weather preseason nicks and bruises, but New York has sat about a dozen players in each of its three preseason contests this summer.
The injury bug has induced a game of musical chairs at offensive line. Center David Baas (knee) and right tackle David Diehl (thumb) have both been sidelined recently. Jim Cordle and rookie Justin Pugh are currently filling in for the hurting veterans. Lately, Brewer has gotten into the mix at guard with Kevin Boothe at center.
Victor Cruz missed the Jets game with a bruised heel. So did fellow wide receivers Louis Murphy Jr. (leg) and Ramses Barden (knee). Common sense would tell New York to keep the ball on the ground, but that’s tough to do without fullback Henry Hynoski (knee), who has been missing since organized team activities (OTAs) in May.
Defensively, the Giants are missing arguably their two biggest playmakers in defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and safety Antrel Rolle. Pierre-Paul (back) was recently removed from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, while Rolle is fighting back from an ankle sprain.
The most devastating injury may be the one to safety Stevie Brown, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Jets game while returning an interception, per ESPN. Brown will not play in 2013.
Cornerback Corey Webster (knee/groin) is another injured veteran defender, but it is particularly devastating to see inactive youngsters, for whom the preseason reps are most valuable.
Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee) has not returned from PUP, while rookie defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder) has now missed two preseason games. Add second-year cornerback Jayron Hosley to the list, as he sprained his ankle against the Jets on Saturday, per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
So goes the treacherous world of the NFL.