I remember at last year’s Super Bowl, I was sitting in on Mike Tomlin’s Wednesday press conference after what seemed like weeks and weeks of reporting from Dallas and Tomlin was asked about one of his players’ injuries. I think it was Pouncey. Anyway, Tomlin said something to the effect of “When we get on the field, we’ll have a better idea where he’s at.”
At that point Mike Vaccaro from the Post looked at me and said: “They haven’t practiced yet? We’ve been here for this long and they haven’t even practiced yet!”
That’s kind of how I feel about the Giants today. We’ve been trumpeting this Giants-Jets game for days, really, and today is the first time we get to actually talk to the players and watch them practice for it. After basically two days of the Jets grabbing headlines for chatting about this game, today it's the Giants' turn for a rebuttal.
The Giants did practice last night, but they offered no injury report. They did give a pre-practice report, though, with a list of players expected to be on today’s injury report. Those are: center David Baas (neck); tight ends Jake Ballard (knee), Travis Beckum (chest) and Bear Pascoe (ribs); running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot); linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle); wide receivers Mario Manningham (knee) and Devin Thomas (neck); safety Derrick Martin (back); and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee).
Missing from that list is Justin Tuck, whose toe ailment is apparently gone to the point where he is expected to practice fully this week.