Saturday, January 1, 2011

Giants Injury Report

Before I start, let me wish everyone a Happy New Year. Now, let's talk about the injury report.

Justin Tuck: Probable (Chest)
DE Dave Tollefson: Out (Knee)
DE Osi Umenyiora: Probable (Knee)
CB Will Blackmon: Out (Knee)
S Brian Jackson: Questionable (Knee)
C Shaun O'Hara: Out (Foot/Achilles)
CB Corey Webster: Questionable (Ribs)
RB Ahmad Bradshaw: Probable (Ankle)
DT Chris Canty: Questionable (Neck)
WR Hakeem Nicks: Out (Toe)
S Antrel Rolle: Probable (Ankle)

Obviously the two biggest injuries for the week besides Steve Smith, who's out for the year, are Shaun O'Hara and Hakeem Nicks. Chris Snee will likely move back to center for the game, and it's unsure if Shaun O'Hara will return for the playoffs if they make it, as he's contemplating off-season ankle surgery. Eli Manning will certainly miss Hakeem Nicks, who has 11 TD on 1,052 yards receiving in just 13 games. I would expect the Giants to try and get Kevin Boss involved early and often in the passing game. With a touchdown in 3 of his last 4 games, he might be Manning's number one target without his top two wide receivers. Mario Manningham will likely be double teamed all night, so it might be tough to get him involved. However, I would not be surprised to see Derek Hagan have another solid game against Washington.

Even though Chris Canty is listed as questionable, I would expect him to play, since he practiced fully on Friday. In case he can't go, that should give Jason Pierre-Paul, whose 3rd among NFL rookies in sacks with 4.5, more opportunities. I'm not so optimistic about Corey Webster, because he didn't practice all week, but he did say that he thinks he'll be able to play.

The Giants may be battered and bruised going into a must-win week 17, but at least their biggest strengths (running backs and defensive line) are mostly all in tact.

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