- LIMITED PARTICIPANTS:
- [C] David Baas (knee), [RB] Da’Rel Scott (knee), [DE] Damontre Moore (shoulder)
- DID NOT PRACTICE:
- [CB] Prince Amukamara (concussion), [MLB] Dan Connor (neck), [OL] David Diehl (thumb), [TE] Adrien Robinson (foot)
The good news is that [WR] Victor Cruz, [DE] Jason Pierre-Paul, and [FB] Henry Hynoski have all been removed from the injury report (so have Hosley and Murphy). The bad news is that Amukamara and Connor aren’t yet ready to practice after their injuries on Sunday night, and now-important Da’Rel Scott injured his knee during practice today.
Prince is feeling better, but still needs to clear all of the tests under the NFL’s concussion protocol. He did some running on a separate field today. In a week we’re going up against one of, if not THE best passing attack in the league (see Peyton’s 7 TD performance) it is critically important that our best cornerback be on the field. It’s not time to hit the panic button yet, and the drop-off coming back from a concussion is minimal compared to any lower body injury, but if he doesn’t practice this week we could be in for a long game.
Coughlin expressed concern with regard to how thin we are at [LB] without Connor. But if you think about it, the matchup with Denver is a perfect time for him to go down… we’ll never need more than 2 linebackers on the field, and even then the majority of work will go to our coverage guys, Paysinger and Williams. Having said that, you can bet good money that Peyton & co. saw Herzlich’s deficiencies in coverage, and they’ll exploit that mismatch at every opportunity. So it’s still worth keeping your fingers crossed that Connor returns soon.
On [RB] Brandon Jacobs’ first day back, Da’Rel Scott goes down with a knee in practice. That’s going to mean a lot of practice for the big guy, who is now in line to spell Wilson after missing an entire year of football. No one is a bigger Jacobs fan than me, but there’s no way he’s ready to take on that big of a role. If we find swelling in Scott’s knee tomorrow, he’ll be on a path to being inactive this week, and then we’ll be forced to lean heavily on Wilson one week after he fumbled two of his first handful of carries. Maybe that’s the best thing that can happen to #22 and thus the team as well. Then again, maybe not.
Of the players on the injury list, [C] David Baas (knee) seems like the most likely to play. Although we can’t be sure, I think that his starting would help the offensive line in both run and pass blocking. Boothe should be more comfortable in his [LG] spot, and Brewer will be the odd man out. It should be noted that although Diehl is listed as “DNP”, he also did a few things today and could be closer to returning than we think. If Justin Pugh wants to stick at [RT], he’ll have to continue to earn it.
- [CB] Champ Bailey (foot) and [LB] Wesley Woodyard (ankle) both sat out of practice today, and hopefully they’ll both continue on that track. They’d be replaced by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Paris Lenon, respectively.
- [WR] Wes Welker was listed as a limited participant in practice, but there’s no way he will miss this weeks game. He is going to be a real problem for NYG, who may rely on the comeback kid Terrell Thomas to cover him.
- Don’t forget that the elite pass rusher [OLB] Von Miller is still serving out his suspension this week. Joe Flacco wasn’t able to convert extra time in the pocket to big plays, but Eli has a much better receiving corps to work with this year. Let’s hope our offensive line can deliver.