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Coughlin expects "bounce back" despite injuries

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shouts

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shouts to his team while on the sideline during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. (Nov. 13, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Tom Coughlin is expecting the Giants to quickly shake off Monday’s loss and get ready for the Packers.

“We’ll bounce back,” he said. “That’s the thing I believe in. We’ll fight back. That’s what we preach. It’s a time for us to be bold and not sit back and listen to what all of you are saying but rather to come out fighting. That’s the position we’ll take.”

They’ll likely have to do so short-handed. Coughlin all but ruled out Osi Umenyiora for this game, saying that he’ll call the defensive end with the sprained ankle day-to-day but “chances are he’ll not make this one.” They could also be without Mark Herzlich, who is wearing a protective boot on his injured ankle. Mario Manningham is still experiencing swelling in his knee, and Coughlin said the team would “reduce his reps” (which will be hard since last week he had zero of them) and “see what he can do.”

Coughlin said Michael Boley and Ahmad Bradshaw would work with trainers on the side and gave no indication that either would be ready to return to action against the Packers.

The Giants will have one less name on their injury report. Will Beatty, who suffered a detached retina, was placed on injured reserve. Chase Blackburn will take his place on the roster, giving the Giants depth at linebacker and on special teams.

Coughlin did not seem terribly worried about Victor Cruz’ hip injury.

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