Our G-Men are taking some much needed rest days to start the bye week, but there are a couple of news items worth mentioning…
[DT] Markus Kuhn tore his ACL when he was injured in the Bengals game, and has been placed on season ending IR. Unfortunate for the rookie tackle, who was providing reliable depth at the position. Now that he’s out, [DT] Marvin Austin will provide the relief for the main three: Canty, Joseph, and Bernard.
As a result of Kuhn placed on IR, there is an open roster spot which will either go to a player being called up from the practice squad, or a free agent. The New England Patriots signed [OG] Mitch Petrus (they must really like how we coach our players, huh?), so he won’t be back. If we’re giving the spot to an offensive lineman, we have two on the practice squad: rookie [OT] Matt McCants, and second year [OG] Selvish Capers. But it’s more likely going to be a free agent signing. Interesting name who worked out for the Giants this week — [RB] Joseph Addai, who meshed really well with Eli Manning’s big brother Peyton in Indianapolis. He’s smart and reliable in pass protection, but otherwise has little to offer our struggling running game. So don’t expect him to grab the roster spot, even though I thought it was fun to mention his workout.
[RB] Ahmad Bradshaw also left the Cincinnati game banged up, and was getting X-Rays as well as every other test known to man (per Tom Coughlin) for things OTHER than his busted foot. Not sure if there is anything to this yet, but maybe this nudges the Giants into the market for a running back to fill the open roster spot. In case you’re wondering, during interviews on Monday with position coaches, running back coach Jerald Ingram admitted that rookie [RB] David Wilson still needs to grow in pass protection and won’t be seeing much playing time until he does.
Pro Bowl voting is going on, and the noteworthy guy in the polls is [WR] Victor Cruz, who is leading all NFC receivers and is 3rd in total NFC votes (behind Packers [QB] Aaron Rodgers and Vikings [RB] Adrian Peterson). Eli Manning is #5 in the NFC quarterback race, behind the aforementioned Rodgers, Falcons [QB] Matt Ryan, Saints [QB] Drew Brees, and Redskins [QB] Robert Griffin III.