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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Giants' Justin Tuck says he's surprised Michael Vick has been able to take so many hits.
Excerpt: "Justin Tuck watched parts of the Eagles' loss to the Cardinals Sunday "as a fan," without doing much analyzing. He and the Giants were to get to that today. But one thing he did notice – and it was hard not to – was the beating quarterback Michael Vick continues to take.
And he's surprised Vick has been able to.
"Yeah, I am because he's not that big of a guy, but he's a tough one," Tuck said. "He keeps getting up and making plays so hopefully we can have the success other teams have had against him as far as getting him on the ground. I think that's going to be a huge factor in the game and if we're able to do that there's definitely a better chance of winning than we do if he's upright all game." Read more...
Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw cleared to practice
Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw has been medically cleared to return to practice after suffering a neck injury against the Buccaneers in Week 2.
Bradshaw wrote on his Twitter account this afternoon, "Great news! Thanks everyone for (your) thoughts and prayers. But (you don't) understand, I'm Ready to rock." A person with knowledge of his status confirmed that he has in fact been medically cleared.
Coach Tom Coughlin said earlier today he was hopeful Bradshaw would be cleared after a trip to the Hospital for Special Surgery. He said Bradshaw is still working through some physical issues from the injury, the specifics of which have not been disclosed yet." Read more...
Giants' Hakeem Nicks says he would have played against the Panthers if it had been a normal week
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks was anticipating his chance to go back home to Charlotte and play against the Carolina Panthers last Thursday. He bought tickets for a number of family members and friends, and was set to make the trip with the Giants as late as Wednesday.
But when he ran that morning, three days after his surgically repaired right foot took a pounding against the Buccaneers, he felt pain. It wasn't "too bad," as he explained, but it was enough for the Giants to decide to rule him out Wednesday afternoon. So Nicks didn't make the trip home and stayed in New Jersey where he watched Ramses Barden step up in his absence on television.
Three days just wasn't enough time to get back on the field." Read more...
Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl could be ready this week, Tom Coughlin says
Excerpt: "Giants coach Tom Coughlin suggested that running back Ahmad Bradshaw and right tackle David Diehl could both be back on the field this week.
Both suffered injuries against the Buccaneers in Week 2 and did not travel to last week's game at Carolina.
Bradshaw, who suffered a neck injury, was among a group of players that went to see team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery this morning, Coughlin said. He said he hoped Bradshaw would be cleared to return to the field during the visit, but added that he's still working through the injury.
"There are still issues," Coughlin said. "If it was just pain, he would be going."
Diehl has been sidelined with an MCL injury. Coughlin offered an optimistic timeline."I
hope we can see some progress and maybe have him this week," he said." Read more...
Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl, Antrel Rolle not practicing today
Excerpt: "Three injured Giants players -- RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), RT Davis Diehl (knee) and S Antrel Rolle (knee) -- were not at practice this morning during the portion open to the media.
Bradshaw and Diehl sat out last week's win against the Panthers after suffering injuries in Week 2 against the Buccaneers. Rolle has a laceration and contusion on his left knee after colliding with a sideline cameraman in the Panthers game." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
Giants' Andre Brown will likely play behind Ahmad Bradshaw, who returns from injury this week
Andre Brown may have revived the Giants’ rushing attack over the last two weeks, butAhmad Bradshaw
is now ready to take his job back.
Bradshaw was cleared by doctors on Monday to return to practice this week, according to a source familiar with his situation. Bradshaw missed the Giants’ win in Carolina on Thursday with a sprained neck that he suffered early in the Giants’ win over the Buccaneers on Sept. 16.
Since then, Brown has more than adequately filled in for Bradshaw, rushing for 184 yards on 33 carries and an impressive 5.6 yards per carry with three touchdowns. Bradshaw is averaging 4.3 yards per carry (22 carries, 94 yards), though that average was boosted by a 33-yard, garbage-time run on opening night." Read more...
Nicks says he "definitely" expects to play Sunday
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks missed the game he badly wanted to play last week. But thanks to that, he’s almost certain to play in a far more important game this Sunday.On Monday, the Giants wideout said he “definitely” anticipates suiting up against the Eagles. Nicks, who continues to battle pain and soreness after breaking his right foot in May, should be well-rested for the pivotal NFC East division clash, after missing Thursday’s blowout win over the Carolina Panthers.“The body is feeling pretty good right about now,” Nicks said." Read more...
Eagles' coach Andy Reid refuses to give QB Michael Vick a vote of confidence before game against Giamts
Excerpt: "Michael Vick has been a thorn in the Giants' side since he became the Eagles starting quarterback late in the 2009 season. They would sure enjoy the chance to pluck him out, once and for all.
They may get the chance on Sunday night in Philadelphia now that Eagles coach Andy Reid has refused to give the struggling Vick a vote of confidence as his starter. Reid didn't exactly say he was pondering a quarterback change, but he sure did leave the door wide open when he was asked if he was.
"Right now, we're with Michael and that's what we're doing," Reid told reporters in Philly on Monday. "We'll evaluate it as we go." Read more...
Browns' game should bag him a bigger roleSITE LINK
Excerpt: "There’s an old coaching adage that says players aren’t supposed to lose starting jobs because of injuries, which never made any sense to me. It flies directly in the face of another coaching adage, that the best players are the ones who play.
So what happens if a starter gets hurt and his replacement just proves to be better? And is it possible that’s what’s happening right now with the injured Ahmad Bradshaw and his replacement, Andre Brown?
Now, I’m not advocating a switch just yet – please keep that in mind before you send in your nasty emails or go bash me in the comments. I wouldn’t do that after Brown has had a game and a half against two very questionable defenses. But I must admit I’m blown away by how much better the Giants’ rushing attack looks with him doing the running. It’s not just the numbers, either – though the numbers are pretty good with Brown gaining 5.6 yards per carry (33-184)." Read more...
Nicks, Bradshaw still out for Giants
Excerpt: "The injury report for the Giants was virtually unchanged from Friday, when they departed for a long weekend after their 36-7 win in Carolina on Thursday night. Receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), receiver Domenik HIxon (concussion) and right tackle David Diehl (knee) were all unable to practice as the Giants returned to work on Monday. Hixon and Nicks were at least able to ride the exerceise bikes. Diehl and Bradshaw weren't on the field." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
Giants' Bradshaw cleared for practice
After missing a game and a half with a sprained neck, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was cleared to practice Monday.
The Giants are off Tuesday, so their next practice will be Wednesday. If Bradshaw’s back on the field and survives the week in good enough shape, he would line up to play in Sunday night’s divisional tilt in Philadelphia against the Eagles." Read more...
Hosley, Coe sit out practice, Webster participates
Two of the Giants’ three ailing cornerbacks – Jayron Hosley and Michael Coe – did not practice Monday, and their status for Sunday remains to be seen.
“Both of those guys did not work,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “They’re a little bit better but a little bit compared to what? So we’ll see.”
Hosley and Coe are both dealing with hamstring issues, while Corey Webster is also battling a broken right hand. Hosley said he feels “a lot better” and expects to play in Sunday’s rivalry game against the Eagles in Philly, but it’s still unknown if that will happen. As for Coe, who missed last week’s game against the Panthers, he labeled himself “hopeful.”
“It’s coming along,” he said. “Slowly but surely.”
Webster, meanwhile, was on the field working, even catching passes one-handed. He’s wearing a cast on his right hand." Read more...
Giants have more talent than anticipated
Excerpt: "There was a suspicion heading into this season that the Giants roster, from top to bottom, was deeper than most and if the old, reliable “only as strong as your weakest link’’ bromide rang true, this team would fare better than most.
It now appears the Giants are deeper than first suspected and that means they are built for the long-haul of a grinding NFL season.The greatest area of concern remains the offensive line, where the loss of David Diehl to a knee injury leaves the backup situation, to be kind, tenuous. And keeping enough cornerbacks healthy is an ongoing headache, with Corey Webster (broken hand), Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain), Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and Michael Coe (hamstring) all either coming or going out of ailments that leave coach Tom Coughlin in the “What can I say?’’ frame of mind." Read more...
Giants' Coughlin let the @#$% fly at Bucs' Schiano
Excerpt: "It was clear from the moment Giants coach Tom Coughlin walked across the field at MetLife Stadium and angrily confronted Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano on Sept. 17 that Coughlin was steaming. Coughlin didn’t appreciate seeing the Bucs go live on the final kneel-down play of the Giants’ 41-34 victory. The surge from the Tampa Bay defense resulted in the unsuspecting Giants offensive linemen getting their knees hit by low-flying helmets and Eli Manning getting knocked to the turf." Read more...
Giants' Cougfhlin accused Buccaneers' coach of "trying to hurt" Eli
Excerpt: "It was clear from the moment Tom Coughlin walked across the field at MetLife Stadium and angrily confronted Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano that Coughlin was steaming. Coughlin didn’t appreciate seeing the Bucs go live on the final kneel-down play, resulting in the unsuspecting Giants offensive linemen getting their knees hit by low-flying helmets and Eli Manning getting knocked to the turf.http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giants...ohwH8HM6RHhYTK
Coughlin wagged his finger as he berated Schiano. And now, thanks to some obscenity-laced audio of the non-cordial post-game handshake, it’s obvious just how upset Coughlin was." Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
Giants' Nicks, Hixon point toward Sunday night return
If Monday is any indication, the Giants will have two of their top wide receivers back in the lineup for Sunday night's crucial NFC East game at Philadelphia.Read more...
Domenik Hixon (concussion) has been cleared to resume practicing after missing the Giants’ 36-7 win at Carolina on Thursday and is expected back on the field Wednesday. The Giants do not practice Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Hakeem Nicks (right foot) is expected to resume his once-a-week practice schedule and be available against the Eagles after sitting out the win over the Panthers.
“It’s feeling a lot better,” said Nicks, who underwent foot surgery in late May and has 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown in two games this season. “The time off definitely helped it. Thursday was just too quick a turnaround for me to compete at the highest level. I’ll be ready for the Philly game.”
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Giants' Tom Coughlin hopes to have Bradshaw and Diehl back soon
Excerpt: "As the New York Giants returned to practice following a three day layoff, neither running back Ahmad Bradshaw or tackle David Diehl were on the field with the team. However, head coach Tom Coughlin feels Diehl is recovering nicely from the sprained MCL he suffered in week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and hopes to have him back as early as this week."I hope we can see some progress and maybe have him this week," Coughlin said.
Depending on the degree of the MCL sprain, recovery could take anywhere form three weeks to eight weeks. For a grade one sprain, most athletes are able to return to the field in week three. For Diehl, a return on Sunday against thePhiladelphia Eagles would mean a return after only two weeks, so perhaps Coughlin is being uncharacteristically optimistic. Or perhaps Diehl's sprain was of the most minor variety." Read more...
Giants have unexpected competition for starting running back
Excerpt: "The New York Giants did not draft David Wilson in the first round of the 2012 draft to sit on the bench. As soon as Roger Goodell announced his name as the final pick on day one, everybody knew that the writing was on the wall for Wilson to eventually take over for Ahmad Bradshaw at the starting running back position. However, Bradshaw may have very all already lost his starting running back job, but it's not to who we all thought it would be to.
Over the last two weeks, the Giants have had several youngsters step up and perform in key moments. Ramses Barden had 139 receiving yards in Week three, Jayron Hosley has contributed earlier than expected, and Prince Amukamara even showed some signs of life against the Carolina Panthers. However, Andre Brown, the third-year product out of N.C. State has been the biggest surprise of the season thus far." Read more...
Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks, David Diehl remain out for Giants
Excerpt: "After three well deserved days off, the New York Giants returned to practice on Monday. Unfortunately, for eight players their mini-vacations continued for a variety of different reasons. Included in those that were not participating in the portion of practice open to the media were running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot) and offensive linemanDavid Diehl (knee).
For Nicks, it's likely just another scheduled day off -as it stands, he is only practicing on Thursdays- but for Diehl and Bradshaw, it means they're not quite ready yet.
In addition to the three aforementioned Giants, cornerbacks Jayron Hosley(hamstring) and Michael Coe (hamstring), wide receiver Domenik Hixon(concussion), linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) and safety Antrel Rolle(knee) were also not practicing.
Head coach Tom Coughlin says he doesn't expect Rolle, who collided with a camera during Thursday's 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers, to miss any time. Meanwhile, Hixon tweeted this morning that he will return "soon." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
Giants' injury updates: HSS is a busy place
Excerpt: "Several New York Giants did not practice Monday as the team got back to work in preparation for Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
From various reports, Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), Hakeem Nicks (foot), Domenik Hixon (concussion), David Diehl (knee), linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring), cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring), cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring) and safety Antrel Rolle (knee laceration) all did not practice.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said "quite a few" of those players were at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to be checked out." Read more...
NFL Week 3: Assessing the NFC East
Excerpt: "Three weeks of the NFL season are in the books -- with the exception of the Monday Night Football game. With the New York Giants heading to Lincoln Financial Field Sunday night to face the Philadelphia Eagles. With no Giants game to discuss today, let's offer some quick thoughts on the NFC East, starting with the Giants' competition.
THE RED ZONE
Injury Report: Bradshaw, Diehl still out
Excerpt: "Coach Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw and some other Giants went to the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday to be examined, in the hope of eventually being cleared for practice later this week. Bradshaw has not played since suffering a neck injury in the first half against the Buccaneers last Sunday.
"I'm concerned about all of them," Coughlin said. "But hopefully there is that element that when they come back they have been cleared to go."
Coughlin said he hopes to have his starting running back for Sunday night's game against the Eagles, but he acknowledged that Bradshaw's condition is more than a pain-tolerance issue.
"No, there are still issues," Coughlin said. "If it was just pain he would be going." Read more...
NFC East spin cycle: Week 3
Excecrpt: "The Giants and Eagles, who are both 2-1, will meet in Week Four, but they are heading in opposite directions, it appears based on what we saw this past week. The Redskins might lead the NFL in scoring, but the defense has become a major problem, and the Cowboys scratched out a narrow win in Dallas that answered few questions about the viability of this team.
What we learned: You can’t count the Giants out. They might lose a head-scratcher game at some point in the next few weeks, and you know they will have to face some major adversity again at some point. But Thursday’s exclamation victory at Carolina — down three offensive starters, plus another key contributor — shows just how dangerous Eli Manning, this defense and a Tom Coughlin-led Giants squad can be. Reserves Andre Brown and Ramses Barden were the heroes in this game, but what we’ve learned under Coughlin is that “next man up” truly does pertain to almost anyone residing on the 53-man roster. They count on every one of them.
What’s in store next: It’s a big week, heading to Philadelphia in a showdown of 2-1 division-leading teams. The Giants took a big step forward with the victory over the Panthers, their second in a row after the season-opening loss to the Cowboys, while the Eagles were losing their first game — a blowout at the hands of the Cardinals — after a pair of one-point victories to start the season. Eagles-Giants is always a slugfest ripe with emotion; expect little different this time. It will be a big week for the health of the wide receivers, as we find out if the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks (foot) and the Eagles’ Jeremy Maclin (hip) are good to go for this Sunday-night game.
What the heck? The Giants struggled to defend the pass the first two games of the season. They were getting some pressure (four sacks) but not as much from the defensive line. So how did they come up with a plan to maximize their pass defense against the Panthers? They blitzed with a specific plan in mind. It wasn’t a breakneck, blitz-at-all costs approach at Carolina, but rather a smart, calculated attack of Cam Newton, who struggled to find his primary reads and get loose for his signature runs. The same approach has to be in the offing against the Eagles’ Michael Vick. He was hit 13 times Sunday by the Cardinals, sacked five times and lost two fumbles, and the numbers show that pressure has gotten him off his game. If the Giants’ rushers can be vigilant and maintain contain vs. Vick, they could put the opening two games’ memories tucked away deep in their banks." Read more...
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