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GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN SAYS DAVID BAAS' INJURY "MUCH MORE SERIOUS" THAN A HEADACHE
Excerpt: "Giants starting center David Baas appeared on Wednesday injury's report with
what was listed as a neck injury and intense headaches. And in his daily press
conference Tom Coughlin said the issue is "much more serious than a headache,"
though it is unclear what exactly.
"There's a lot more to it than that," Coughlin said. "He spent most of the
last couple days doing tests and a lot of that is to try to eliminate things, as
Coughlin said Baas, who was a last-minute
scratch in Sunday's loss to the Packers, will undergo more tests today and
his status is uncertain. Coughlin is reluctant to provide specific information
on Baas until he gets more definitive information. Asked if the neck issue is
related to the headaches, he indicated that's probably the case but wouldn't
Baas' situation is another blow to a Giants offensive line that has lost two
players -- starting left tackle Will Beatty and backup Stacy Andrews -- to
injuries for the remainder of the season over the last few weeks.
On Sunday, however, the makeshift offensive line -- with Kevin Boothe at
center, Mitch Petrus at left guard and David Diehl at left tackle -- performed
admirably. For the first time since Nov. 6 the team rushed for at least 100
yards and the offense reeled off 35 points." Read more...
ANTREL ROLLE HAS " NO DOUBT" GIANTS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
Excerpt: "Safety Antrel Rolle said in his weekly interview on WFAN today there’s “no
doubt” the Giants will make the
playoffs. He also said the same thing last year ... when the Giants missed the
That being said, Rolle saw on Sunday how the Giants are capable of hanging
with an undefeated team.
“If we go out there and we play with the intensity and emotion and passion we
had this last Sunday, man,” he said, “those teams (left on the schedule) are in
trouble.” Read more...
GIANTS' STACY ANDREWS THANKFUL BLOOD CLOTS WERE NOT WORSE, DID NOT SPREAD
Excerpt: "Stacy Andrews started to feel "a little funny, a little short of breath"
during practice last Thursday. He felt pain in his ribs and had trouble
sleeping. Still, he thought he had merely damaged some cartilage after
practicing hard, so he didn’t tell anyone.
Friday, the aches were still there. After practice, he spit up blood in the
shower. Again, he thought little of the symptoms and told no one.
Finally, in the middle of a team meeting on Saturday night, the pain became
intolerable. He told the Giants’
trainers, who took him to the hospital where it was determined he was suffering
from deep vein thrombosis (i.e. blood clots) in his lungs.
The backup tackle would miss the game against the Green Bay Packers, a
matchup in which he would’ve played left tackle after center David Baas was
pulled from the lineup. Even worse, Andrews’ season was over.
At that point, he felt the worst internal pain of the past few days –
"When they told me that, I wanted to shed a few tears right there and then,
but I kind of held it back until they left," Andrews said by phone today. "I was
like, ‘Wow.’ Even when I was in there with (assistant trainer) Leigh (Weiss) and
the nurse, I said, ‘Why don’t I just take a pain shot and play the game
"I was joking, but I really wanted to play in the game."
The 30-year-old Andrews, a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals
and Philadelphia Eagles before signing with the Giants this summer, realizes the
top priority is his health and this situation could have been a lot worse.
Doctors told him it was a good thing they found the clots in both lungs when
they did because they could’ve traveled to his heart or brain.
While on his way to the hospital, Andrews was worried about fulfilling an
obligation to meet and greet a few friends of his agent, Rich Moran. Now, he
realizes the severity of the situation." Read more...
GIANTS' LOSS TO PACKERS EARNED HIGHEST NFL REGULAR SEASON TV RATING SINCE 2007
Excerpt: "The undefeated
Green Bay Packers’ last-second win over the Giants helped draw the highest
television rating for a regular-season NFL game since 2007.
The national broadcast window on Fox on Sunday earned a 17.6 rating and 30
share. The network said Tuesday that was the best since an 18.4/32 mainly for
Steelers-Patriots four years ago." Read more...
GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND TEAM'S INCONSISTENT URGENCY
Excerpt: "Justin Tuck didn’t sleep much on Sunday night. He was too busy thinking.
loss to the Packers. About the Giants’ upcoming four games, two of which are
against the team they trail by one game – the division leading Cowboys. And
about the way the Giants’ intensity level can be so high one week and so very
low the next.
“What kept me up was I know the Saints are a great football team but nobody
would say the Saints are better than the Packers,” Tuck said on Monday night
after signing autographs with three of his teammates at Garden State Plaza in
Paramus as part of a holiday toy drive. “So how did we come out one week and
play like we did and then come out this week and play like we did? And two weeks
ago play like we did against Philly and go out to San Francisco and have an
opportunity to beat them out there?
“I mean, it doesn’t make any sense to me. Do I need to go see a shrink?”
The best treatment for Tuck and the Giants is to come out on Sunday in Texas
and play as well as they did in the last-second loss to the Packers, not like
the did the previous week when they were hammered in New Orleans. A victory
against the Cowboys would tie both teams at 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the division.
(The third tiebreaker is common games. The Cowboys are 7-4 to the Giants’ 6-4
One would think this weekend’s game and the implications surrounding it would
be enough for the Giants to get motivated. But the past four games – all losses
– were certainly big ones as well. The Giants didn’t play with enough passion in
two of them.
“Physically, I think we prepare better than anybody in the country. Mentally,
sometimes we have those lapses,” Tuck said. “Why? I don’t know. I’m as guilty as
the next guy. It’s just something we’ve got to continue to work on.
“Coach (Tom) Coughlin says all the time just be more mentally tough.”
It was suggested to Tuck, as the players are wont to say, the other guys get
paid, too, meaning they’re motivated as well. To which he replied, “But I don’t
think the Saints get paid double than we get, do they?”
“You just don’t have that spark some nights,” he said. “If you never played
the game, I don’t expect you to realize what I’m saying but some nights you’ve
got to trick yourself, you have to mind trick yourself. It’s tough sometimes,
but that’s what you’ve got to do because it’s hard when your body’s beat up.
“I know a lot of people don’t understand that. They say you’re getting paid a
million dollars to play a game.” Read more...
NY DAILY NEWS
BAAS BEING TESTED; SEASON IN DOUBT
Excerpt: "Center David Baas said the “migraine-type” headaches he’s been suffering for
the last few days stem from a neck injury he’s been dealing with all season. And
he made it sound like there’s at least a possibility his condition could land
him on injured reserve.
“I really want to play football, but my health
is very important to me,” Baas said in brief remarks to the media in the locker
room on Wednesday afternoon. “They’re going to make the best
Baas was vague about his condition and said that doctors are
still testing him and evaluating the results. He’s been suffering headaches
since Sunday, when he was a late scratch a few hours before the Giants’ 38-35
loss to the Packers. Concern about his situation was ratcheted up earlier
Wednesday when Tom Coughlin said it was “much
more serious than a headache, obviously.”
“I’m doing pretty good,”
Baas said. “All I really have to say is I’ve had neck issues. I’ve been dealing
with it pretty much all season. These issues have stemmed into migraine
symptoms. Now we’re getting a lot of tests done and evaluations. I’m going to
let the medical staff handle all that and make the right decision.
“The neck issue definitely has been new. I’ve been pushing
through it all season and trying to deal with it. We’ve been doing certain
things to deal with it. The migraine-type headaches are new. It’s just something
that’s kind of unexpected. I’ve just go to deal with it and we have to do what’s
right for this team. The medical staff will make that decision.”
if there was a chance his season could be over, Baas said “I ‘m not thinking
about that at all. All I’m thinking about is this week and I’m going to do
whatever they want me to do in terms of getting stuff tested out and looked at
and be here for meetings and do whatever I can for getting treatment and go from
The injury report
Officially now, LB Michael Boley (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), RB
Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), DE Osi Umenyiora
(ankle/knee), DE Dave Tollefson (knee), LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) and LB Spencer
Paysinger (hamstring) did not practice. Neither, obviously, did Baas.
CB Prince Amukamara (back) and WR Mario Manningham (knee) were limited." Read more...
GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW GETS BIG BLUE GOING; VICTOR CRUZ COULD PASS AMANI TOOMER'S TEAM RECORD FOR RECEIVING YARDS
"On the first play of the game, Ahmad Bradshaw
caught a pass out of the backfield and was immediately surrounded by three Green
Bay Packers. He pushed through, spun out of a tackle, and lunged for a
seven-yard gain.PLAYOFFS WILL HAVE BLUE HUE: ANTREL ROLLE
Excerpt: "Antrel Rolle was so
fired up about the Giants' performance Sunday, that right after the game he
promised "once we get into the playoffs there's not going to be anything that
can stop us." NY POST
POST POWER RANKINGS: GIANTS, JETS WISH FOR GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS
"The Jets and Giants hoped their Christmas Eve matchup would be about playoff
positioning. Instead they are hoping it’s about playoff survival.
PLAYOFFS SURE THING FOR GIANTS' ROLLE
Excerpt: "Did Antrel Rolle yesterday
guarantee a victory this Sunday night against the Cowboys?
Excerpt: "Kenny Phillips yesterday was sent for tests on his left knee, to which he
suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament during Sunday’s 38-35 loss to the
Packers. The Giants are hoping that is the full extent of the injury and that
Phillips, their starting strong safety, can salvage a game or two this
The injury is to the same knee on which Phillips had microfracture surgery
during the 2009 season, causing him to miss the final 14 games.
“It’s definitely going to affect us, he’s a huge asset to our defense and he
plays a major role on our defense,’’ said Antrel Rolle, the starting free
The replacement for Phillips figures to be Tyler Sash, a rookie from Iowa who
is a special-teams fixture. Sash has played sparingly on defense in his first
season.THE BERGEN RECORD
“If he has to step in I feel very confident,’’ Rolle said. “We’ll definitely
get with him and make sure he understands all the ins and outs of the defense.
He’s a player, he’s very relentless, he plays hard, he plays fast. He plays with
a lot of fire and that’s exactly what we need back there.’’
* Coach Tom Coughlin was eager to praise the play of
Kevin Boothe, who with barely an hour’s notice prior to kickoff
against the Packers moved in to start at center in place of David
Baas, and rookie Mitch Petrus, who made his first NFL
start at left guard.
Baas is being evaluated for headaches.
Eli Manning was also grateful Petrus held up in his first
real NFL action.
“Obviously that’s a big adjustment, the night before and that day he’s coming
into the stadium and he probably might not even dress and all of a sudden you’re
starting at left guard,’’ Manning said. “Good luck. He played well, had good
poise, there’s always some things you can fix up but he competed and was
physical and that’s what you like to see.’’ Read more...
A LOOK AHEAD TO THE COWBOYS
"Giants (6-6) at Cowboys (7-5)NY TIMES
Sunday, 8:20 p.m.
TV: Ch. 4; Radio: WFAN-AM 660
Early line: Cowboys by 3
Despite four straight losses, the Giants have a chance to turn around their
season and reclaim first place. They are a confident bunch given their latest
second-half struggles, with Antrel Rolle repeating Tuesday they will make the
playoffs and he looks forward to seeing the Packers again. But the Cowboys are
just as desperate after giving away what appeared to be a victory last weekend
in Arizona. They boast the best pass rusher in the NFL in DeMarcus Ware (15.0
sacks) and Garfield native Miles Austin is set to return
from a hamstring injury that cost him the past four games. He again will be
paired with WR Dez Bryant (46 catches, 706 yards, 7 TDs) in the league’s seventh
best offense (385.6 yards per game) and passing game (270.8). But Jason Witten
(61 catches, 760 yards) is the biggest threat given the Giants’ struggles
covering tight ends.
On the hot seat
(Well, besides Tom Coughlin) Offensive line: The front five played maybe its
best game of the season despite losing LT Will Beatty and backup Stacy Andrews
for the rest of the season and C David Baas (headaches) for at least Sunday’s
game all within a matter of days. The line opened holes so the Giants could rush
for 100 yards for the first time since their Nov. 6 victory over the Patriots —
not surprisingly, their last win — and Eli Manning was sacked just once. But
they face a bigger threat in the Cowboys, who are tied for second in sacks
The Giants’ pass rush will need to step up to slow QB Tony Romo, who they
knocked out of their game last October when Michael Boley left him with a broken
collarbone. The secondary — likely without S Kenny Phillips (sprained MCL) —
must respond after getting torched by Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. The
revitalized running game needs to again help Manning, who continues to have a
Pro Bowl-caliber season, and the line must protect him."
— Jeff Roberts
FORECASTING PLAYOFF CHANCES FOR GIANTS AND JETS
"According to the playoff race simulations at NFL-Forecast.com, the Giants have
a 36.3 chance of making the playoffs, and the Jets a 29.6 percent chance.GIANTS 101
(No, Antrel, your
odds are not 100 percent.)
The Giants’ chances rest almost solely — 34.9 percent — on overtaking Dallas
and winning the N.F.C. East. Dallas is given a 68.5 percent chance of making the
playoffs and a 63.9 percent chance of winning the division. Those numbers will
change significantly if the Giants win at Dallas on Sunday night.
If the Jets qualify for the playoffs, they will almost surely receive the
sixth and final seed in the A.F.C. They are given only a 1.2 percent chance of
finishing higher. The Jets’ chances are thought to be better than those of the
Titans (22.3 percent) but lower than those of the Bengals (33.2), the Raiders
(50.6) and the Broncos (60.5).
How much are these numbers worth? On Dec. 10, 2009, the Fifth Down had this
headline: “Giants Given 67.7 Percent Chance to Make Playoffs, and the Jets 8.2
The Giants had just beaten the Cowboys and were 7-5; they then lost three of
their last four and missed the playoffs. The Jets were considered carrion but
won three out four, got a lot of help (Curtis
Painter = honorary Jet) and rode the momentum to the A.F.C. title game. This
year, the added dimension is that the Jets could knock out the Giants, and vice
versa, on Dec. 24.
If you’re a Jets fans, would it be more painful to be knocked out by the
Giants or by the Dolphins? If you’re a Giants fan, would it be more painful to
be bumped out by the Jets or the Cowboys?
Extra point What does Joe Namath have to do with any of
this? Well, he was once pretty
good at predicting things. On Sunday, the Fifth Down wondered
whether booing was poor strategy by fans. Namath says booing is fine. Just
don’t do it before the game."
GIANTS SIGN TONY UGOH, 11 ON INJURY REPORT, AND MORE FROM AFTERNOON TEA WITH TOM COUGHLIN
"It's a very exciting time, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin says.
With four games remaining, a divisional rival up ahead and first place in the
NFC East on the line, "exciting time" does really seem to sum it up.
Chipper as always, Coughlin hit the podium today to answer the onslaught of
media questions regarding everything Big Blue. And as he always does, Coughlin
managed a few zingers, and a few chuckles, especially when asked what it would
be like to play for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry
"I'm very, very thankful for the owners I have," Coughlin said, referring to
the Mara and Tisch families.
Funny, but not so funny at the same time was his reply to the laundry list of
"My medical degree is right around the corner," Coughlin
Speaking of injuries, 11 Giants appeared on the pre-practice injury report.
Of those players, it seemed like Mario
Manningham, Osi Umenyiora, Dave Tollefson, David Baas are unlikely to
practice today. Brandon Jacobs and Kenny
Phillips are expected to be very limited, with Mannigham "hopefully" doing
some work tomorrow. Umenyiora, on the other hand, seems unlikely this week.
The news was also bad for center David Baas, who apparently has a more
concerning issue than just some headaches.
"It's much more serious than just a headache," Coughlin said, who added more
tests were being done today.
The coach also revealed that rookie cornerback Prince
Amukamara has been dealing with lingering back problems since he returned to
field after missing considerable time with a broken foot.
Amidst all the bad news, Coughlin did take time to praise both Chase
Blackburn and Victor Cruz, saying Blackburn "came in and it's like he never
left," while claiming Cruz has improved faster than any free agent signing he's
ever seen in his history of coaching. Very powerful and encouraging words for
Finally, the Giants made several roster moves today, placing offensive
Andrews (blood clots) on Injured Reserve and signing former 2007
second-round pick (Colts) Tony Ugoh
to take his place. Additionally, only a day after they re-signed him to the
practice squad, the team terminated the contract of quarterback Ryan Perrilloux
and re-signed offensive lineman Selvish Capers to the practice squad.
In former-Giant news, the Houston Texans worked out punter Matt Dodge, while
the Philadelphia Eagles worked out linebacker Kenny Ingram."
POOR ELI MANNING: NFL REGULAR SEASON WEEK 13
Excerpt: "Poor Eli
Manning” is a compilation of quotes by both the media and fans about New York
Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli
Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger
brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York
Giants on draft day of 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs
– even in a league that lives and dies by the motto, “What have you done for me
lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.
In Sunday's near miss against the Green Bay Packers, Eli
Manning shook off a rough start and nearly out-gunned Aaron Rodgers. He
completed 23 of his 40 passes (scattered drops) for 347 yards and three
touchdowns. He did throw a pick six, which was the initial base of much early
criticism. However, after leading Big Blue down the field in the final minutes
of the game for a touchdown and a game-tying two-point conversion, the critics
Rodgers promptly responded, eating up the newly signed Will Blackmon, and
Green Bay ultimately walked away with a 38-35 victory.
Again, no win means somehow, some way Eli
Manning was at fault. Alas, his critics were again loud and boisterous,
happy as ever that his team failed to secure him another victory." Read more...
LIKE DEJA VU, ROLLE SAYS "NO DOUBT" GIANTS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
Excerpt: "Last around this very same time, New York Giants safety Antrel
Rolle made a proclamation that Big Blue would, indeed, make the NFC
playoffs. As we well know by now,
they did not.
That has not stopped Rolle from channeling his 2010 self, however. During his
weekly WFAN spot, Rolle once again said there's "no doubt" the Giants will make the playoffs.
“If we go out there and we play with the intensity and emotion and passion we
had this last Sunday, man,” he said, “those teams (left on the schedule) are in
To play Devil's Advocate for a moment, if they play with the same "intensity"
and "passion" that they did in week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles, those
teams are in for some smooth sailing." Read more...
SHAWN ANDREWS THANKS NY GIANTS FOR SAVING BROTHER STACY'S LIFE
"As we shockingly reported on Sunday morning, New York Giants offensive lineman Stacy
Andrews was hospitalized with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs. The news
seems to have come out of thin air, and any non-Doctor can tell you how serious
a situation that truly is.
Head coach Tom Coughlin revealed yesterday that Andrews is, as you would
expect, out for the year. The good news however, was that his Brother and former
Andrews, told Giants 101 his Brother was "making progress" and proceeded to
thank the fans for their support of his family.
Today, Shawn once again took to Twitter, thanking the New York Giants organization for saving his Brother's
"I want to thank the trainer(s) from the Giants organization involved in
getting my Brother to the hospital on Saturday and basically saving his life,"
Andrews tweeted. "[It] speaks volumes about the organization. [I'm] glad to have
been a part of it for the brief time I was. [It had a] huge impact on my life as
"I'm sure the way my Brother described the symptoms he had on Saturday, some
teams would have said 'let's put some ice on it.' Not the Giants," he added.
"Dear, New York
Giants. Thank you for virtually saving my Brother's life!"
As we've stated before and we will state again, the Andrews Brothers are
tremendous players and tremendous men. Shawn has become a favorite of ours here
at Giants 101, and still chats with us despite no longer being part of the team.
Moreover, life is far more important than football, so we send our continued support and prayers
out to the Andrews family."
BIG BLUE VIEW
NY GIANTS NEWS AND NOTES; FOURTH QUARTER EDITION
Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's
not the fourth quarter of a game, but rather it's the fourth quarter of the
season, and it's all right in front of our team as we sit here on hump day of
the first Dallas week. My birthday is tomorrow, and usually the Giants are
facing the Eagles this week or around this week of the season, but this time the
NFL schedule makers did something different that worked out nicely--put Dallas
and Big Blue, the two NFC East front runners, against each other two of the last
four games. That
also gives the Giants a shot to win the division outright, something
they could have done last year but squandered. So just like many of us barely
squeaked into our fantasy playoffs or still have a shot playing in Week 14,
Giants still have a shot at playing in Week 18. And we couldn't ask for
more as we sit here today. So bring on the 'Boys.
I'm sure by now you've all seen the still
photo of Jake Ballard's knee being in bounds on Tom Coughlin's first
challenge Sunday. And I think we all agree some of the officiating was horribly
one-sided and slanted to the visiting team. But it's a horrible feeling knowing
that this play was reviewed with top technology and not reversed. Something's
afoot at the Circle K, dude (bonus points to whoever gets that).
Just how much of a spark
does Ahmad Bradshaw provide? Ralph Vacchiano explores that in
Wednesday's Daily News, and also talks about Victor Cruz
passing Amani Toomer's
Big Blue record for receiving yards." Read more...
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