Redskins-Giants: Week 12 Preview

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Redskins-Giants: Week 12 Preview

With in the injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, are preparing for their last meeting of the season, in a state of urgency.

The Giants will be playing without top receiver, Plaxico Burress, who will be in street clothes, due to a bad hamstring.

This is good news for the 'Skins, because Burress torched them for 133 yards and a touchdown in the season opener.

Wide receiver Domenick Hixon will start for Burress, but he’s also dealing with an ankle injury.

The rest of the injury report looks like this.

Running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and defensive tackle Fred Robbins (shoulder) are listed as questionable.

Jacobs was able to practice on Friday. Bradshaw and Robbins watched from the sidelines.

Redskins nemesis, defensive end Justin Tuck (lower leg) and his line mate Jerome McDougle (knee) practiced Friday and are probable for Sunday’s game.

That’s not what Redskins fans want to hear, as Tuck has tortured offensive lines this year, recording 9.5 sacks in 11 games played.

For the Redskins, they are praying for the health of several key defensive players, as they limp into this NFC East brawl.

Starting middle linebacker London Fletcher has a foot injury, which required him to miss practice all week.

He was wearing a walking boot most of the week, but has since removed that device, and is hoping to give it a go on Sunday.

“Right now, it is a game-time thing,” said an honest Fletcher.  “I can’t tell you right now that I am not going to play.   I know if I can push off on it, then I will be on the field.”     

The Giants have the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 164.9 yards a game.

Fletcher leads the 'Skins with 86 tackles.

His absence will leave a big hole up the middle, for those vaunted Giant running backs to exploit, and could possibly nullify the loss of Burress.

Most football followers know by now, that if used effectively, the run will set up the pass.

Eli Manning has got to be licking his lips to hear this latest injury report.

H.B. Blades gets the starting nod if Fletcher can’t play.

The following is the list of defensive players nursing war wounds for the 'Skins:

LB  Marcus Washington (ankle) sat out practice and is ruled out for Sunday’s game.  With Fletcher questionable, Alfred Fincher would make his first career start next to Blades.

DE Andre Carter (foot) practiced in a limited capacity on Friday, but is expected to play.  He has plantar fascitis, which is a chronic condition, that causes bone spurs to form on the heel and arch of the foot.  This could be a season long issue for Carter.

DT  tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) worked on individual drills. but did not participate in the team’s practice. He is questionable for Sunday’s game.

DT Kedric Golston (ankle) worked on the sidelines, and is also listed as questionable.

And the pains and aches continue on the offensive line as well.

OT Chris Samuels is probable, and continues to tough it out, on a sprained right knee suffered in the Arizona game.

G Pete Kendall (back) returned to practice, and is going to start on Sunday.

Most of these injuries need rest. 

Unfortunately there’s no time off in Week 12 in the NFL.

The Redskins and Giants rivalry has gone its through ups and downs, as both teams have their respective legacies to maintain.

And even though Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs aren’t coaching anymore, there is still enough drama around to keep the storyline interesting.

Will Eli find the pick-ins easy this week, and light up the Redskins' secondary? 

Will Jason Campbell find the time to counterattack the Giants offensive schemes, and make plays of his own down the field?

Is Portis going to have his eighth 100-yard rushing game of the season, and keep his team in striking distance for four quarters?

That’s why we have to tune in to find out.

Prediction: Giants: 27, Redskins: 21

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