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Ben McAdoo brings injured Giants along for the ride

Giants coach Ben McAdoo against the Dallas Cowboys

Giants coach Ben McAdoo against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half on Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. Photo Credit: AP / Michael Ainsworth

You may have noticed a few more Giants on the sideline during road games: players who aren’t playing.

Unlike past years, when the Giants left injured or unavailable members of the organization behind while they traveled to away games, Ben McAdoo has made a point of including many of them.

It started with Victor Cruz, who was not going to play in the preseason game in Buffalo, tagging along and going through pregame warm-ups.

In recent weeks, the Giants have had Shane Vereen (IR, triceps), Darian Thompson (foot) and even practice- squad cornerback Donte Deayon on their visiting sideline with no chance to play.

The only injured players who do not travel are ones dealing with concussions.

It’s not only a departure from Giants tradition but NFL norms throughout the league. So why do it?

“I think our team is our team,” McAdoo told “Just because someone gets banged up or injured doesn’t mean you want to exclude them from this team.

“They’re still part of this team. Still have leadership value. Especially players that are going to play for you again in the season. You definitely don’t want to alienate guys like that. You want to be as inclusive as you can.

“The more guys you have pulling in the same direction, the high-character guys like [Vereen and Thompson], the better.”


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