Starting Philadelphia middle linebacker Stewart Bradley (elbow, pictured on right tackling Ahmad Bradshaw) has been declared out of the Giants game on Sunday on the official Friday injury report. Backup linebacker Keenan Clayton (hamstring) also is out. That means Jamar Chaney, a rookie out of Mississippi State, will start in the middle with the job of stopping Giants running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
Listed as questionable for the Eagles are starting wide receiver DeSean Jackson (foot), starting tackle Winston Justice (knee) and starting cornerback Asante Samuel (knee), all three of whom were limited in Friday's practice. All are key components for the Eagles, but like the Giants' questionables, they're likely to play.
However, Gaither's addition to the starting lineup might provide a weakness the Giants can attack. "He came in and played well last week," Giants guard Chris Snee said of Gaither. "It looks like he has a good skill set. There's not a lot of film on him, but we'll go more by scheme. Now, will they blitz more with him at middle linebacker or less? We don't know, but we'll be prepared for whatever they do."