With the Hall of Fame Game on the docket Sunday evening, the Giants will enter the contest a severely wounded bunch. At least 10 different players missed time during Thursday’s full pads practice. So much for the field house work and “enhancing this soft muscle business”, as the Giants “recovery stretching” has yet to pay dividends on the health-o-meter. But it’s early.
Let’s assess the damage:
- RB David Wilson will meet with Dr. Frank Cammisa, on Monday to determine his future playing status; 2014 and beyond.
- WR’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Trindon Holliday continue to battle hamstring issues.
- DT Mike Patterson sat out practice while nursing a shoulder injury.
- OG John Jerry sat out to rest his surgically repaired knee.
- LB Spencer Paysinger missed practice with a concussion.
- OT Will Beatty left the practice field with an apparent illness.
- DE Robert Ayers walked off in 11 on 11 drills with an ankle injury.
- Rookie CB Bennett Jackson hurt his ankle covering Corey Washington in a 1 on 1 drill. He’s scheduled to undergo further tests, and according to bystanders it didn’t look promising.
- WR Corey Washington would later limp off the field with a heel issue.
Outside of the Wilson and Beckham injuries that we’ve covered in depth, Jackson’s injury appears to be the most threatening long-term. However, according to Tom Rock of Newsday, “none of the above-mentioned players are expected to participate in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game against the Bills.”
Let ‘em rest. The Giants can afford to do so with four more contests on the preseason schedule. To the 22 rookies currently inhabiting the Giants roster, and the countless others seeking an opportunity to shine — Sunday night is your most realistic chance for an extended look. Make it count… in the House of Glory. And when it doubt, take your cues from this man, Victor Cruz: