Marvin Austin's Latest Injury Should Scare New York Giants Fans

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Marvin Austin's Latest Injury Should Scare New York Giants Fans
CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 7: Marvin Austin #9 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Marvin Austin and Brian Witherspoon look set to be added to the New York Giants' long injury list.

Austin has a torn pectoral muscle while Witherspoon is the team's second cornerback to tear his ACL after Terrell Thomas did the same thing against the Chicago Bears.

At a time when the Philadelphia Eagles look like they're creating one of the best teams in the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys seem to have addressed all of their major issues from last season, the Giants should be very worried about this trend.

Marvin Austin is a significant loss, having been the team's second-round pick this year. He had impressed early in preseason and was part of what is a deep defensive line rotation in New York. However, unlike the seemingly endless amount of pass rushers coming off of the edge, the Giants' defensive tackles are not as celebrated.

Austin would have contributed to replacing Barry Cofield's impact from last season, but now he is likely done for the year. Austin was a good pass-rushing prospect from the interior of the defensive line and his loss will hurt the team twice as much since they were going to be relying on their pass rush to cover their depleted secondary.

The Giants were already leading the league in players lost for the season before last night's game, but now they have increased their lead. It's not like they are being hit in positions that are easy to replace either.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been celebrated for their starting trio of cornerbacks since it is so difficult to find quality corners. The Giants had plenty of quality corners, but right now three of them are done for at least a few months.

Terrell Thomas won't play again this season; neither will Bruce Johnson. And Prince Amukamara doesn't figure to return until midseason. Considering that he will still need to adjust to playing football at a professional level, who knows how effective Amukamara will even be when he does return?

As the Green Bay Packers still managed to win the Super Bowl last season despite suffering a raft of injuries before and throughout the season, there is at least some form of encouragement for the team. What actually helped the Packers, however, was that the injuries weren't concentrated in one specific area.

The Packers lost key contributors like Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley, but didn't lose the amount of players in one position, like the Giants have lost their cornerbacks.

The fact that both of their top two draft picks from this year are now on the sidelines is compelling for how awful the team's offseason has been.

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