Jacquian Williams has had a headache since the Seattle game, in which he suffered a concussion, Tom Coughlin said on Friday.
“He has a headache. It really never stopped,” said Coughlin.
Williams reportedly played three quarters with a concussion in that game, back on November 9. Williams was later seen by doctors and sent home from practice the following week.
Williams did not play against the 49ers and will not play against the Cowboys on Sunday.
He has not practiced since the concussion.
T Justin Pugh (quad), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) and DT Cullen Jenkins (calf) are all out for Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys.
T Geoff Schwartz will start at right tackle on Sunday in place of Pugh.
DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) is considered probable.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Injuries have dogged this team for the better part of three seasons now. Head coach Tom Coughlin has learned to roll with the punches.
“What I always say at the beginning of the year is what you really pray for is that you can play with the team that you have when you come out of camp. It doesn’t last very long, but it is part of the game and it happens to every team,” the coach said on Friday. “It certainly has been a huge disappointment, but I try not to dwell on it, to be honest with you. You can’t afford to. If you did, you would be a basket case.”
The Giants have lost some major players this season, including key starters such as WR Victor Cruz, LB Jon Beason and CB Walter Thurmond III. OL Geoff Schwartz has missed the first ten games and will finally make his Giants debut Sunday night vs Dallas. Two other integral offensive players, RB Rashad Jennings and WR Odell Beckham Jr., have missed four games each.
Last year the Giants led the league in a stat called “Adjusted Games Lost”, which tallies the amount of games starters and their immediate backups miss during the season. The Giants had 144 AGL. The next up were the Colts with 110. In 2012, the Giants had 82.7 AGL, 8th highest in the league.
Giants/Cowboys have long history on Sunday nights…
The Cowboys (51) and Giants (43) have most Sunday night appearances. Giants are the most frequent Dallas opponent, playing each other nine times on Sunday night.
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John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants face the Cowboys Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in a game the country hopes will be a competitive one. It usually is. The Cowboys have won the past three, but the games have been close. The Cowboys won 31-21 in Week 7, but the previous three contests were decided by five points or less.
The first game between these two teams on Oct. 19 drew 27 million viewers, the sixth most-watched program on American television this season.
What’s at stake for the Giants….At 3-7 and losers of five straight, they could use a win on national TV to keep the season interesting the rest of the way. They could also use a boost in self-esteem and begin to work towards next season – whatever that might hold.
The skinny…With changes looming after the season, winning or losing the rest of the way will not necessarily determine the fate of Tom Coughlin. The team has never quit on him and is unlikely to start now. Injuries have taken their toll on them but some of the expensive free agents are returning and/or getting healthier. Look for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Rashad Jennings and Geoff Schwartz to make an impact the rest of the season.
What’s at stake for the Cowboys….They are tied atop the NFC East at 7-3 with the Eagles, who play Tennessee on Sunday at home, so a win would keep them at least tied.
The skinny…Having not played since November 9 when they ran the Jaguars out of Wembley Stadium by the score of 31-17, the Cowboys will be rested. In their last game, QB Tony Romo (back) returned to the lineup and completed 20 of 27 passes for 236 yards and three TDs. Beating the Giants is Romo’s specialty of late and with this being a division game, expect another efficient, productive performance out of him.
Stat you can’t ignore…Led by RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas is averaging 153 yards per game on the ground and 4.9 YPC. The Giants’ defense is last in the NFL against the run, surrendering 145 YPG, 4.9 YPC and 13 TDs. In the Cowboys’ Week 7 win in Dallas, they rushed for 156 yards, gaining 4.5 YPC.
Players you have to keep an eye on….Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr., who had two TD grabs in the first meeting. Beckham has 33 catches for 357 yards over the past three games since then. He has gone up against some of the league’s top corners over that stretch and come out ahead. The Cowboys defense is ranked 14th in the NFL against the pass, but Dallas lacks a top CB that can run with Beckham.
Cowboys TE Jason Witten is getting up there in age, but he’s still productive. A forgotten man at the beginning of the season, Witten has 22 targets over his last three games, and is reasserting himself back into the Cowboys’ offense. Witten is 16th on the NFL’s all-time receptions list. His 918 receptions are the most by any active TE and second overall to Tony Gonzalez (1,325).
Did you know?…..DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 3.5 sacks this season, two of which came against the Cowboys in Week 7…DE Robert Ayers, Jr. – not JPP or Damontre Moore – leads the team in sacks with 5….The Giants have lost the time of possession battle in each of their last five games and in six of their first ten games. The only games they held the ball longer than their opponent was during their three victories and their Week Two loss to the Cardinals.
T Justin Pugh (quad), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion), and DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Knee) did not practice on Thursday.
G Geoff Schwartz and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie both participated in full.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants know what it’s like to be in free fall, having lost six in a row to start the 2013 season. After a 3-2 start this year, five consecutive losses has them in free fall again. Head coach Tom Coughlin, who never surrenders, never gives up the ship was asked to compare last year’s skein to this year’s:
“Keep fighting, keep fighting, keep fighting, that is all it takes, one game at a time, bounce back. Again, it is about all of those eyes that look at me on Wednesday morning, I am thinking about them, quite frankly, trying to bring them through the disappointment toward the next opponent.”
Coughlin, who emphasizes divisional games to his players, was asked if their was still some juice to Sunday’s game despite the teams having opposite records…
“I think divisional games are, and certainly, we are blessed, if you will, to be in a division that’s highly competitive and everybody calls everybody a rival and it certainly makes for some very, very interesting games and competition. Over the years, we’ve seen it and been a part of it.”
The Giants may have lost five straight games, falling out of contention in the process, but Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett knows his team has to be prepared for just about anything on Sunday night. Even though Dallas has beaten the Giants in the last three meetings, records get set aside when these two teams meet.
“To me, you see a good football team,” Garret said of the Giants on his conference call Wednesday. “We study these guys a lot; they are in our division so we do spend some time in the offseason on them. Certainly, when you play them twice a year, you spend a lot of time watching tape, and they have a lot of good players and are a well –coached team. You said it, they have played some good opponents and they played them well, and they are right in the game. At the end of the game last week, that is a hard thing to, particularly when you are on the minus side of the turnover ratio.
“They are doing some good things, both in the run game, and pass game, certainly they challenge on defense, and the kicking game as well. We recognize the challenges they present and all throughout their team. We are preparing our best to be ready for them.”