Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 5:21 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
If you’re a Giants defensive player, it might be time to crawl into some sort of bomb shelter, because injuries after injuries after injuries are beginning to pile up for coach Tom Coughlin’s crew.
The latest setback came Tuesday when second-round defensive tackle Marvin Austin tore his left pectoral muscle. He will be lost for the season after he undergoes surgery, and it’s another blow to the rookie class (first-round pick Prince Amukamara won’t return for at least two months while he deals with a broken foot).
Plus, after losing Terrell Thomas for the season with an ACL tear in Monday night’s preseason game -- not to mention the loss of cornerback Brian Witherspoon after Monday’s game and cornerback Bruce Johnson -- the Giants will need to call in some replacements for the defense.
Coughlin was asked in his news conference Tuesday, via Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin, if he thought about moving Antrel Rolle from safety to cornerback, but he said he was reluctant to do that unless the move was permanent. For now, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen, even though Coughlin is well aware that Rolle used to play cornerback and even though Rolle said he’d be willing to do it.
Instead, Coughlin said he’ll count on Aaron Ross to fill the void.
“Aaron played well tonight, thank goodness,” Coughlin said after Monday’s game. But there’s also the possibility of other moves to help offset the loss Austin, Thomas and Witherspoon. Maybe even some trades?
Said Coughlin: “I’m sure we’ll consider it.”
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Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:14 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2010 11:31 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
I haven't heard a timetable for Ross, but I remember Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman having to miss a few weeks with a similar issue two years ago. Ross has had an excellent camp and he was expected to handle punt returns this season. The Giants were victimized in '09 by teams that used a lot of three-wide receiver sets (see Saints and Eagles). Against teams like that, Ross will be on the field about 65 percent of the time.