According to reports the New York Giants have several injuries that will put a strain on the defense this Sunday. Robert Ayers continues to be sidelined as does George Selvie. The big news however is that Devon Kennard has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Kennard is a true star at the outside linebacker position. He is powerful against the run, and can crush quarterbacks and play decent coverage as well. Last week he had a beautiful interception, running stride for stride against Charles Clay, the Bills excellent tight end. Missing Kennard is not something the Giants can be pleased with.
The 49ers offense has been limited but they can run the ball very effectively. We’ll have to see if the Giants can continue to dominate opponents’ rushing attacks without Kennard. The Giants rush defense is ranked the best in the NFL, giving up less than 70 yards a contest.
Johnathan Casillas, Jayron Hosley and Trumaine McBride are all questionable. Ereck Flowers and Markus Kuhn have been declared probable. The ankle injury of Flowers however is something to keep your eye on.
Flowers has been rushed out onto the field with that injury still lingering. The Giants managed to play well without Flowers. It is good to see Flowers listed as probable but it will be interesting to see how he performs.
If you were holding your breath for the return of Victor Cruz you can give up on that until anything further develops.
The Giants injuries effect them mostly on defense. The 49ers offense is the worst in the league this season. While losing Kennard is frustrating, the Giants defense should be fine.