For the GMEN, Corey Webster (groin) is officially listed as out. Webster had been active the past couple of games, but apparently his groin injury has gotten worse over the bye week. The other big news is Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee) is listed as doubtful. Jacobs has been nursing a hamstring injury since the game against the Bears, but it looks like he also tweaked his knee recently. With Jacobs most likely out on Sunday, look for Peyton Hillis and newly activated, Andre Brown, to get the majority of carries on Sunday against the Raiders.
Cornerbacks Trumaine McBride (groin) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring) are both listed as questionable. As they have been for most of the season, the Giants secondary is going to go in Sunday’s game depleted. Look for undrafted free agent rookie, Charles James, to get significant playing time if both McBride and Hosley can’t play.
The biggest positive for the Giants is star receiver, Victor Cruz (neck), was able to fully practice (without the red non-contact jersey) today and is probable for Sunday. It seems like Giants’ fans can take a collective breather when it comes to Cruz, at least for now. Terrell Thomas (knee) is also probable, but his snaps have been limited for most of the year as the training staff eases him back into shape after a third ACL surgery.
Overall, the Giants are coming out of their bye week a much healthier team than they have been in a long time. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders suffered a number of injuries in their game against the Eagles last week. This is actually the first time in awhile where I remember seeing a injury report for a week’s game where the Giants have less injuries than the team they are playing. They truly will have no excuse if they are unable to beat the Raiders on Sunday.