Today’s practice news revolves around injuries. The Giants got rookie OL Justin Pugh (concussion), DE Justin Tuck (back), and RB Ryan Torain (concussion) back but lost S Antrel Rolle to an ankle injury.
Rolle He injured the ankle while covering TE Bear Pascoe and left the filed via the dreaded wagon. His status won’t be fully known until tomorrow after the MRI results are read. It’s likely an ankle sprain, but to what degree is remains undetermined.
“Must have stepped on- they step on each other’s feet,” said Tom Coughlin. “It’s like a rebound drill… they step on each other’s feet. Honestly I didn’t see it until I looked over and he was sitting down.”
OL James Brewer (concussion) and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring) were joined on the sidelines by DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) and OL Chris DeGeare (knee). WR Jerrel Jernigan and CB Corey Webster were held out due to soreness.
Coughlin was pleased to have Pugh back, but would like to have Brewer back soon as well:
“(Pugh) seemed to do well. Seemed to have no issues. And (Ryan) Torain as well. Torain practiced. The guy we’re obviously trying to move along here is Brewer, get Brewer back so we can get him in on some of these preseason opportunities.”
Rolle’s spot was assumed by free agent Ryan Mundy, who Coughlin called “a good, solid player.” It was originally thought that Aaron Ross was filling the spot, but Coughlin said there no position change for Ross and that “the corners end up in centerfield” in the red zone.
“There wasn’t a position change. Just a defensive scheme. Safeties down closer, corners playing coverage,” the coach said.
CB Terrell Thomas saw more action than he’s seen in, well, years today.
“He got the green light to have more snaps and he did. And he seemed to do okay with it, too. So hopefully that’ll give him some confidence, he’ll take some more.”
Coughlin lamented that time is running short, especially for several players nursing injuries. The season is fast approaching…
“It’s time for all these guys that have been in this other category to get moving. I was telling the coaches this morning and the players that as of this morning we had nine practices left before the regular season. Can you imagine that? Nine practices. It’s ridiculous.”