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Injuries thinning Giants at cornerback

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) makes

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) makes a touchdown catch against Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21) during the first half of a game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Philadelphia. Photo Credit: AP / Matt Rourke

Meanwhile, in the Giants' secondary . . .

Victor Cruz's catastrophic knee injury may be grabbing the majority of the attention, but another health crisis is bubbling for the Giants. They could be without two of their top three cornerbacks for Sunday's game against the Cowboys in Dallas.

Trumaine McBride will require surgery to repair a thumb injury he suffered in the loss to the Eagles and will be out for a considerable amount of time (the Giants have not determined if the injury is season-ending). Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had to be pulled from the Eagles game in the first half with back spasms. It was the third game in a row that he was unable to play through because of a variety of injuries that seem to be intertwined and now run from his right ankle to his back.

"I would hope that we can figure out some way to try to take care of his medical issue," coach Tom Coughlin said. "If it has to be this week [to sit him], fine. If it isn't, it will be after this game here with the bye in front of us. That is a medical decision that is going to have to be made."

The Giants lost nickel back Walter Thurmond III to a torn pectoral muscle earlier this year, and McBride stepped into that role. Aside from starter Prince Amukamara, the only other cornerbacks on the roster are Zack Bowman and Jayron Hosley. The Giants have used safety Antrel Rolle as a nickel cornerback in the past.

 

Giant steps

With Cruz gone, Coughlin said the Giants will discuss whether rookie Odell Beckham Jr. can fill his spot as a slot receiver. "Obviously, that will become a topic with the offensive coaches, but that hasn't been decided," he said. Preston Parker is another option . . . Coughlin was disappointed with the punt protection and coverage Sunday. "That area right now is a real issue for us and we are continuing to try to work on it," he said. "As you know, it just is something that has been very difficult for us to wrap our arms around consistently." . . . LB Jon Beason played for the first time since Week 2 and had three tackles. "He was obviously a little bit rusty," Coughlin said. "Nevertheless, he is a force when he is in the game." Coughlin said he'll wait to see how Beason feels this week before counting on him against the Cowboys . . . G Geoff Schwartz, who is eligible to practice, will keep running with trainers this week.

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