This was supposed to be the week the Giants were able to reassemble their secondary. Turns out they’re in the same pickle at safety that they were in before the bye week.
“Not much has changed, to be honest with you,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “Yeah, we’re thin. We thought we’d be getting some guys back, but we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.”
It won’t for at least one of the players. Rookie Darian Thompson, the projected starter, aggravated the foot injury that has sidelined him since Week 3 early in Wednesday’s practice. He’ll miss a sixth straight game and will see a foot specialist on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“It felt very uncomfortable. I felt pain,” Thompson said Thursday of the setback. “Right now I don’t really know what’s going on. I’m going to find out more when I see the doctor.”
Anderson consulted on the initial prognosis for Thompson’s injury, which involved wearing a protective boot and rest. Thompson was back in the walking boot Thursday and could be facing a surgical option to fix the injury this time.
Thompson’s backup, Nat Berhe, also has been sidelined for a while with a concussion. He was limited in two practices this week and has yet to be cleared for full contact. He has not played since Week 3.
That leaves Landon Collins and undrafted rookie Andrew Adams as the only fully healthy safeties.
Spagnuolo said they are working others into the position for emergency use, but the Giants could have to go into a fifth straight game with Adams as their de facto starter. “He’s the guy right now,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s the guy we roll with.”
New kicker Robbie Gould took only about 20 practice reps with holder Brad Wing and snapper Zak DeOssie in London before performing in the game against the Rams, but special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said he was confident that would be enough.
“As long as they go on their rhythm, they end up being fine,” he said of the veteran trio. “Sometimes kickers want the ball held a little bit differently, but Brad is a good holder and good at adjusting to different kickers.”
The Giants added DE Kerry Wynn (concussion) to the injury report. He was limited, as were Odell Beckham Jr. (hip), LS Zak DeOssie (ankle), QB Ryan Nassib (elbow), OT Marshall Newhouse (calf) and RB Bobby Rainey (calf). Thompson was the only player who did not participate in practice . . . Quinn said the Eagles’ release of kickoff returner Josh Huff because of his legal troubles shouldn’t affect their special-teams production much. “They have a deep and talented roster,” he said.