Damontre Moore has a shoulder contusion, Tom Coughlin told the media today.
Moore did not practice on Monday. He is listed as day-to-day.
“He has a contusion of his shoulder,” Coughlin confirmed. “And I think he’s probably day to day, but he’s sore, he’s sore.”
Moore had what many considered to be a star-making game on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, wreaking havoc on defense and blocking a punt on special teams.
Coughlin gave his assessment of Moore’s maturity, which was said to be the reason he dropped to the third round in this year’s draft:
“This is where you see it the most is right here on the field. He obviously enjoys playing and he plays hard, which is a tribute to him and his coaches. But he works on special teams, he covered kicks the other night well, he blocked a punt, he obviously played well in the game. Some of the mental errors that happened we have to eliminate, but he’s worked hard.”
Damontre Moore transcript 8.12.13
Q: How many times have you seen the replay of the punt block?
A: I’ve seen it maybe once.
Q: That’s it?
A: Yeah, once. I haven’t really been watching ESPN, I’ve been sleeping.
Q: What kind of feeling is it to make that type of play in your first NFL game?
A: I was happy. It was a great experience for me, for it to be my first game and to have a big impact on the play. I was just overwhelmed with joy.
Q: There were a lot of plays where you were really close. Do you sit there and think “wow, had I been an inch closer…”
A: Yeah, watching film there were a lot of places where I was really close. I think that’s what motivates me more to get there and make the play. It doesn’t do anything but aggravate me more to know that I was that close and didn’t make the play. So it was my motivation.
Q: Guys talk about the speed of the game being a lot faster in the NFL versus college. Did you find that on Saturday night, or did it feel like a comfortable pace for you?
A: I was pretty comfortable. I could tell the difference. It was a little bit faster, but at the same time we ran a fast paced offense back in college and that’s the tempo that we practice at. It wasn’t too big of a change in speed.
Q: After that play what type of confidence does that give you?
A: It gave me a lot of confidence, to let me know that I can come out here and I can make plays and do things. But at the same time, it gave me more motivation because I don’t want to feel that experience just once. I want to feel it multiple times. And to see that I helped put my team in a great situation, there’s not a better feeling I could have. I use that as motivation to keep making it happen.
Q: When you look back on that film, what do you look at and say “I didn’t do this well, I need to get better at it”?
A: Watching film, I’d say containing the edge and not just being so one track minded; really focusing on my assignment and not just looking at the ball. Like, if it’s my assignment to go…a puller or keep the tight end. Just honing in and being more focused on my assignment and not just looking at the ball trying to find it.