Tom Coughlin is flabbergasted, and rightfully so.
The Arizona Football Cardinals have filed a complaint with the NFL that the New York Football Giants were sneaky about Brandon Jacobs' injury.
Basically, the Cards contend that the G-Men listed Jacobs as "probable," when, in fact, he was unable to play. By NFL rules, if a player is listed as probable, he is (as is implied) probably going to play. And by the looks of things, the Giants broke that rule.
Except they didn't. And seriously, the Cardinals should quit their whining. They have no case.
Jacobs practiced on Thursday and Friday last week, so all indications pointed to his starting. However, on Saturday, the knee swelled up, and he was shut down. So he was probably going to play...but then he didn't.
See, that's why it's called "probable." It's not definite.
The Giants did not hide the injury. It was quite public, and Jacobs appeared on the injury report despite practicing twice late in the week. They weren't shady at all.
Jacobs was injured. He practiced, so they thought he could play through it, and they listed him as probable. They were wrong. The end. But the Cardinals are trying to save face.
They're looking for some (deserved) respect, and they had hoped to gain it by beating the Giants. They didn't. There's no shame in losing to a superior team, but the Cards missed out on this golden opportunity to stun the world, and now they're trying to make excuses.
Their plan is backfiring, as this childish move is causing them to lose respect.
Coughlin summed it up nicely when he said, "We did everything the right way and felt like he'd be able to play. We logged every issue every day. There was no hidden...What was our mistake? Listing him as probable? We did think he was probable."
And you know what? The Giants are probably not going to get punished.