We are all painfully aware of the injuries plaguing the Giants this year, with Marvin Austin the latest player lost for the season. It’s always devastating to lose key players, but to have it all happen within a few days’ time is just brutal. It feels like the Giants are the only team suffering right now, so I was curious to see how the rest of the NFC East is faring this week by looking at injuries suffered since the weekend.
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We all know that Terrell Thomas and Brian Witherspoon each tore their ACLs, and Austin is also gone for the year with a torn pectoral muscle. I suppose we can be grateful that there are no more new injuries this week so far? Then again, it’s only Wednesday.
Dez Bryant is being plagued by a thumb injury but was able to play Sunday against San Diego. Miles Austin did not play but is expected to practice this week after suffering a hamstring injury. Tashard Choice (calf) was cleared to practice Tuesday. A handful of other players are suffering minor injuries and are listed as questionable. Some of these injuries could plague Romo’s targets early in the season.
No big names jump out here, or big injuries for that matter. OT Winston Justice is out this week with a knee injury. Nate Allen is questionable as he continues to recover from a December patellar tendon, as is Ryan Harris, who had back spasms Saturday. So far it’s smooth sailing on the injury front for the Eagles.
LaRon Landry (hamstring, Achilles) and Chris Cooley (knee) are setting their sights on being ready for the home opener against the Giants. Receivers Malcolm Kelly and Brandon Banks are both questionable, which could make the QB battle all the more interesting. But again, nothing major to report this week.
In fact, a quick scan of this week’s report shows that only one other team, the Cardinals, have lost a player for the season during the second preseason game. RB Ryan Williams ruptured his patella tendon against the Packers on Friday. There are plenty of injuries across the NFL, don’t get me wrong, but none of the recent additions to the list appear to be very serious at this time. Makes you wonder what dark cloud is floating over the Giants this week.