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    GIANTS ARRIVE IN INDIANAPOLIS WITHOUT THEIR INJURED ... FOR NOW

    GIANTS ARRIVE IN INDIANAPOLIS WITHOUT THEIR INJURED ... FOR NOW

    "The
    Giants’ charter landed at Indianapolis International Airport at 2:49
    p.m. Monday, according to flight records, and the requisite team flag
    was hung out the window as the plane taxied in from the runway. When the
    door opened, numerous coaches, assorted staff members and players
    stepped out, and the Giants had officially arrived at
    Super BowlXLVI.


    Most of them, at least.



    While
    the 53 players on the active roster (and eight more on the practice
    squad) traveled on the team flight, a group of other players who had
    varying degrees of involvement with the Giants’ reaching the ultimate
    game of the season will not arrive until later in the week.



    “Maybe
    we don’t have the same obligations as the rest of the players, but
    we’re still part of the team,” left tackle Will Beatty said in a
    telephone interview. “It’s not like I’m going to Indianapolis to hang
    out by myself. It’s a team-sanctioned thing; we’re going to be with the
    guys. We’re just coming later.”



    Beatty, who
    played 10 games before undergoing surgery to repair a detached retina,
    is one of 10 players currently on injured reserve for the Giants, a list
    that includes the star cornerback Terrell Thomas and the highly
    regarded rookie defensive tackle Marvin Austin, neither of whom played a
    regular-season snap for the Giants. Most of those players will not
    travel here until Thursday, when the Giants will charter another flight
    for injured players and other guests of the team.



    It
    is not an ideal situation, cornerback Michael Coe admitted recently,
    gesturing to his injured shoulder. “In my dreams, I was usually playing
    in the game, you know?” he said. But the sentiment for injured players
    is similar to their healthy brethren’s: We are part of the Giants,
    several said. The Giants are in the Super Bowl. So we are happy.



    “I love this group,” said receiver Michael Clayton, who tore his meniscus. “I want to win as much as anyone.”



    Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who grew up in Indianapolis, said he felt for the players who could not play Sunday against theNew England Patriots. In 2008, Kiwanuka watched as his teammates upset the undefeated Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII, a bittersweet experience.



    “It’s
    tough; I have a lot of sympathy for them because I understand exactly
    what they are going through,” Kiwanuka said. “You don’t realize how
    important it is until it is taken away.”



    Kiwanuka
    was one of six Giants players who met the news media Monday afternoon,
    and the common theme among them and Coach Tom Coughlin was focus. The
    Giants did their best to stick to routine, boarding buses for the
    airport at the same time they have all year and keeping to their typical
    meetings schedule in hopes of furthering the notion that despite the
    pomp of the Super Bowl, this is a business trip.



    Their
    staid departure stood in contrast to that of the Patriots, who held a
    pep rally on Sunday before heading to the airport. Tom Brady may or may
    not have guaranteed a victory when he spoke of wanting to see even more
    fans present next week.



    While the Patriots
    appeared to enjoy the send-off, Giants lineman Chris Snee said he was
    not envious; all the Patriots gained by coming in a day earlier was “a
    more expensive hotel bill,” he said wryly. He added that the Giants
    preferred going through a “normal departure, a normal road game
    itinerary.”



    “A pep rally isn’t a part of that,” Snee said.



    Still,
    some of the Giants’ enthusiasm could not be contained. Coughlin said
    several players used video cameras to document the otherwise
    unremarkable plane flight, and the Giants were greeted at their downtown
    hotel by a throng of onlookers, some of whom, perhaps, noticed the
    rookie lineman James Brewer carrying a teddy bear.



    Punter Steve Weatherford sent a photo of theview from his hotel room via Twitter. He included a message, with three exclamation points, about how he had finally arrived at a Super Bowl.



    “It’s
    just been an incredible ride,” said receiver Victor Cruz, who had not
    recorded an N.F.L. reception before this season. “I can’t even put it
    into words. Sometimes I kind of think back to where I was a year ago and
    where I am now, it’s just a complete 180. It’s just amazing.”



    Coughlin
    said he expected the jolt of arriving at the Super Bowl to wear off the
    players by Wednesday, when they will begin practice. Tuesday will be
    primarily consumed with the annual Media Day responsibilities, as well
    as the official Super Bowl team photo.



    A
    year ago the Green Bay Packers endured some grumbling after their
    injured players were not going to be included in the photo (the team
    ultimately changed the date of the shoot to accommodate them), but the
    Giants do not appear to have a similar conflict. Beatty, for one, said
    he did not mind missing out.



    Players on
    injured reserve were also not able to acquire the same number of game
    tickets as active players (8 instead of 15, cornerback Coe said), and
    they may not sit in on all the team meetings, according to Beatty.



    Still,
    they remain invested in the outcome. Coe attended many of the extra
    film sessions that members of the secondary held after practice this
    season, and the inspirational Clayton continued to go in on Fridays to
    address members of the team before games. Beatty, who worked out at the
    Giants’ training center while his eye healed, said watching his
    teammates play was physically draining.



    “I
    stress out more when I’m watching the game then when I’m actually
    playing in the game,” he said. “My eye is still real sensitive, so if my
    blood pressure rises too much, my eye starts to get red.”



    He laughed.



    “In
    overtime against San Francisco, I had to get up and take a break from
    watching,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happens
    on Sunday.”

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    Re: GIANTS ARRIVE IN INDIANAPOLIS WITHOUT THEIR INJURED ... FOR NOW

    I really dont know why Injuried players get the shaft come the playoffs. They were all part of the team. Why cant they be included in the picture? Thats just stupid.

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    [quote user="TuckYou"]I really dont know why Injuried players get the shaft come the playoffs. They were all part of the team. Why cant they be included in the picture? Thats just stupid.[/quote]

    Why don't we wait and see what happens after they get to Indianapolis on a plane chartered by the organization?
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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