The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have released their official Wednesday practice injury report:
Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) before the game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
The Giants had a couple of new additions to the injury report today. The big news was Hakeem Nicks sitting out practice with a groin injury. Groin injuries are tricky as we have seen with Corey Webster this year, so it will be interesting to see if Nicks is able to practice at all this week. The good thing for the Giants is Nicks has been pretty much invisible most of the season, so if he misses Sunday’s game, it might not be as big of a loss as many would think.
The other two new additions, John Connor (hip) and Trumaine McBride (hip), also did not practice today. Connor has really helped the Giants run game, especially at the point of attack, while McBride has stepped in with Webster’s injury and has been serviceable at cornerback. Hopefully, both injuries are minor.
Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) runs back an interception against the Green Bay Packers for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Jacobs (knee), Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), and Terrell Thomas (knee) all sat out practice today. Most likely this was precautionary and I expect all three to be back on the practice field tomorrow.
In good news, Corey Webster was able to return to practice in a limited faction. Webster has struggled all season with groin and ankle injuries. If Webster is able to return this weekend, I expect he will take limited snaps.
Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys injured receiver Miles Austin on the sidelines during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT
For the Cowboys, only Sean Lee (hamstring) and Justin Durant (hamstring) sat out practice. Sean Lee is expected to miss Sunday’s match-up against the GMEN. Lee is the cornerstone of the Cowboys defense and his absence should be a big positive for the Giants offense.
DeMarcus Ware (thigh), Morris Claiborne (hamstring), Jason Hatcher (neck), and DeVonte Holloman (neck) were all limited. Ware’s injury caused him to miss three weeks (7-9) before returning against the Saints in week 10. He seemed to still be limited by the injury, but he should play on Sunday, especially with the Cowboys coming off a bye week.
The interesting thing for the Cowboys is Jersey native, Miles Austin, is not listed on the injury report at all. Austin has missed the Cowboys last three games and five of the last eight due to a hamstring issue. It certainly sounds like Austin will be back at full strength on Sunday.
Overall, the Giants new injuries are certainly concerning, especially Nicks. It will be important to keep an eye out to see if he is practicing tomorrow or Friday to gauge how serious the groin problem is. For the Cowboys, they are fairly healthy and coming off of a bye week that should be no surprise. However, arguably their best defensive player (Sean Lee) will miss Sunday’s game and their other impact player (DeMarcus Ware) could still be limited by a thigh injury that has already caused him to miss three weeks.
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