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Corey Webster not playing

Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants

Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants intercepts the ball during their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Dec. 19, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

When we were in the locker room in Green Bay last weekend, I was interviewing Antrel Rolle and I happened to look over and see Corey Webster. He sneezed and doubled-over in pain, grabbing his mid-section. That should have been the first hint that his rib injury was more than just “soreness.”

After being expected back at practice for three days this week and never making it, Webster has been ruled out for the Giants’ regular-season finale. He made the trip with the team to Washington, but is among the eight inactives the Giants have posted for the game.

No other surprises joining him: Shaun O’Hara, Hakeem Nicks and Dave Tollefson had already been ruled out, and then there’s Jake Ballard, Duke Calhoun, Mitch Petrus and Jamon Meredith.

Not having Webster means that Aaron Ross will likely play a much larger role in the defense as a presumed starter. It also means that the Giants will have Michael Coe as their nickel back. Also active for the Giants is newly-acquired CB/KR Brian Witherspoon, so even he might see some action in the secondary.

Chris Canty, who was questionable, is active today.

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