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Barden says there is "no if" about him being ready

New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden (13)

New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden (13) grabs a reception over defender Michael Johnson (20) during training camp. (Aug. 3, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

How big of a disruption to practice was the Steve Smith injury?

“I don’t even know what’s wrong with Steve,” Ramses Barden said. “I thought he went to the bathroom.”

Given the stomach big that’s been floating around the locker room, that was a pretty educated guess. But sadly, this may take longer than 24 hours to get over. Smith injured his pectoral muscle – the Giants are calling it a strain right now but have sent him for further tests – and could miss Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

That would likely mean a promotion for Ramses Barden.

“Week in and week out I try to prepare like I’m going to be an integral part of the offense,” Barden said. “That’s something I learned from him, something I learned from Domenik, Hakeem, Mario, these are guys who are professionals. They approach the game in a most professional manner. Everybody’s got to step up because we’ve learned a lot from him and we’ve got those types of guys who can make plays.”

Barden said he is ready to contribute.

“There’s no if,” he said. “When my name is called, I do it full speed and to the best of my ability.”

Barden also said that the Giants are deep at receiver, which is very true. At the top, anyway.

“It’s not like we haven’t seen plays made by Hakeem and Mario, so there won’t be any drop in our game as a group,” he said.

He also said that he’s more comfortable playing in the slot rather than outside.

“I probably know it better,” he said. “There are ways to win. There are always ways to win in the slot, so that’s what I like about it.”

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Here’s an interesting note: I walked into the locker room and immediately thought that Steve Smith’s injury was so serious that they took his nameplate off his locker. Then I realized that he had just moved across the room to be closer to the other receivers.

Which locker did he take? The one that used to be home to oft-injured Sinorice Moss, waived from injured reserve earlier in the week.

Must be haunted.
 

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