Tag:Adam Koets
Posted on: November 6, 2010 6:57 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bucs @ Falcons

The Bucs will once again be without starting offensive linemen Jeff Faine (quad) and Jeremy Trueblood (knee). Also missing is fullback Earnest Graham, which is noteworthy because his lead-blocking abilities fit perfectly in what has become a strict power run approach for this offense. Wideout Sammie Stroughter did not practice all week due to a foot injury. Thus, rookie Arrelious Benn has a chance to start carving out a true niche in this offense (Benn caught a 53-yard touchdown pass last week, but that’s basically been the extent of his contributions).

The Falcons likely will not have OLB Sean Weatherspoon; the first-round rookie has been out since Week 5 with a knee injury. Fullback Ovie Mughelli is questionable with a hamstring. That’s crucial because Atlanta’s best approach against this Tampa Bay D is to pound them between the tackles on the ground.

Saints @ Panthers

Does Drew Brees have a fractured knee and torn meniscus or not? The Saints are saying no – in fact, Brees is not even listed on the injury report. Running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are both still out (Bush is technically listed as doubtful this week). Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is out with an ankle, though the Panthers do not have the aerial firepower to take advantage anyway. Besides, both Saints starting corners, Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, who missed the Steeler game, are probable after practicing all week.

Carolina’s 28th-ranked rushing attack will once again be missing RT Jeff Otah (knee) and RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Giants @ Seahawks

No Shaun O’Hara for New York. Thus, Adam Koets, who has decent movement skills but lacks O’Hara’s nastiness and veteran shrewdness at the second level in the run game, will be the fulcrum of the offensive line. The Giants are coming off a bye, which explains why basically everyone else (save for OT Will Beatty and FB Madison Hedgecock) is healthy.

The Seahawks are starting Charlie Whitehurst in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck (concussion). Rookie receiver Golden Tate (ankle) is also out for Seattle. And, likely, so is rookie LT Russell Okung (ankle). Because Tyler Polumbus is questionable with a knee injury – and, frankly, because he does not begin to have quick enough feet to handle Osi Umenyiora – the Seahawks will likely turn to veteran Chester Pitts.

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 1:27 pm
 

Giants O-line suffers a potentially painful blow

Posted by Andy Benoit
S. O'Hara (US Presswire)
Bad news for the Giants: according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, center Shaun O’Hara has a Lis Franc sprain in his right foot. This is a new injury for the veteran Pro Bowler who missed time earlier this season with a chronic right ankle problem. O’Hara suffered this injury in the Monday night win over Dallas.

A Lis Franc injury is a fracture, dislocation or strain in the mid-bones of the foot. It’s one of those injuries that almost always takes longer to heal than expected. Often times, players are out for a month or more, and if they do return in the same season, they’re rarely the same.

Tom Coughlin said Monday that he would not use the word Lis Franc in describing O’Hara’s injury. Vacchiano says O’Hara, who is in a walking boot, saw a specialist during the bye week.

O’Hara is one of the few players in the league whom you can accurately describe as gritty. (Most of the time, when an analyst says a player is gritty, the analyst is really just saying “I know nothing about this player”.) O’Hara brings leadership and a tone-setting nastiness to the Giants O-line, particularly as a run-blocker. His ability to get to the second level and handle linebackers in the ground game drastically impacts the way New York uses guards Rich Seubert and Chris Snee.

If O’Hara is unavailable, converted tackle Adam Koets will likely fill in again. Seubert has also spent some practice time at center.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:17 pm
 

Giants ailing a bit in run game

Posted by Andy Benoit

There’s reason to believe the New York Giants could struggle to run the ball against the Houston Texans this Sunday. For starters, the Texans defense is allowing 70.2 yards per game on the ground, second fewest in the NFL. (Granted, that has a lot to do with the fact that opponents can’t wait to throw against Houston’s 32nd-ranked pass defense. But still, DeMeco Ryans and, as of this week, Brian Cushing, pose a formidable challenge to a run game.)

What’s more, the Giants are more banged up than a Bing Crosby stepchild. (That little joke isn’t completely distasteful because everyone knows Crosby is now dead, plus he comes from an era in which step-children were not yet invented.) Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is nursing an ankle injury. Tom Coughlin told reporters before Wednesday’s practice, "Bradshaw is sore. We’re going to see what he looks like -- he’s taped and he went to the jog-through here. He seems to feel a little bit better under that circumstance, but we’ll see.” Bradshaw wound up practicing and should be available all week.

But running with a sore ankle isn’t preferable, particularly when you’re running behind an offensive line in which center Shaun O’Hara is out (ankle), backup Adam Koets is dealing with an MCL issue and offensive tackle Will Beatty is hobbled by a bad foot. (By the way, when Beatty does get healthy, he may have to compete with Shawn Andrews for playing time. The ex-Eagles guard got reps at left tackle on Wednesday. It looks like the Giants are trying to make Andrews their utility backup.)

It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that everyone but O’Hara will take the field for the Giants Sunday. But that doesn’t mean it won’t have been a somewhat trying week at practice. 

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