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Giants CB Walter Thurmond III out for season

Walter Thurmond #24 of the Giants tackles John

Walter Thurmond #24 of the Giants tackles John Brown #12 of the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Mike Stobe

The Giants lost one key piece of their defense to injury on Sunday and are waiting to hear how long they'll be without a second.

Cornerback Walter Thurmond III is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday to repair a pectoral muscle tear suffered in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals and will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Linebacker and defensive captain Jon Beason, who missed all of the preseason with a fractured sesamoid in his right foot, injured the same foot on Sunday and still is being evaluated.

A decision on Beason's course of action likely will not be made until a consultation with Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was Anderson who recommended no surgery for Beason when he first suffered the injury in the spring.

Trumaine McBride likely will replace Thurmond in slot coverage in nickel packages, as he did on Sunday, but Tom Coughlin said the team will consider using safety Antrel Rolle in that position, as it has done in the past. If the Giants are without Beason, Jameel McClain likely will move back to middle linebacker, where he played all summer.

'Catch the ball'

Coughlin was not happy with Victor Cruz's play on Sunday, which included several dropped passes.

"Catch the ball, that's what you're paid for," Coughlin said not only to Cruz but others who missed opportunities. "Professional wide receivers, you gotta make the plays."

But as for the juxtaposition of Cruz's bad game on the heels of his comment that he wants to be a bigger part of the offense, Coughlin said he has no problem with the sentiment.

"For me, it wasn't offensive," Coughlin said. "I'll visit with him this week, not necessarily on that subject but on a whole bunch of subjects."

Giant steps

Wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan suffered a mid-foot sprain on Sunday. The Giants already are without first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), whom Coughlin did not sound optimistic about having back this week, and could have to rely on Preston Parker or rookie Corey Washington in three-receiver looks if Jernigan is unable to play . . . McClain said he didn't hear a whistle when he hit Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton after a delay-of-game penalty, drawing his own 15-yard infraction . . . On the seven penalties against the Giants' secondary, Rolle said "some were questionable, some were obvious" and added that the Giants need to work on "breaking bad habits" in the face of new enforcements from officials . . . Coughlin said rookie guard Weston Richburg went through some growing pains on Sunday in his second career start. "Some good, some bad, but he did battle," Coughlin said. The worst play may have been a sack he allowed that led to a fumble by Eli Manning that was recovered by the Cardinals while he stood nearby. "It looked to me like a young guy focusing completely on the error of his ways rather than playing football," Coughlin said. "There's the ball, go get the ball, we'll talk about it later." The fumble was negated by a Cardinals penalty.

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