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Smith, Manningham could miss Eagles game

Mario Manningham of the New York Giants fends

Mario Manningham of the New York Giants fends off Bryan McCann of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Nov. 14, 2010) Photo Credit: MCT Photo

Clint Sintim tore his ACL in Monday's game and will have season-ending surgery. That might be the most striking injury the Giants suffered in the game, but it is far from the most significant.

Of more concern to the Giants is the status of receivers Steve Smith and Mario Manningham, both of whose participation in Sunday's game against the Eagles appears to be in doubt. Smith, who had just returned from a four-week rehab of a pectoral injury, injured his hamstring when he was awkwardly tackled and jackknifed in the fourth quarter of the 21-3 win. Manningham suffered a hip flexor injury in the first half. Neither returned to the game.

Tom Coughlin did not have an update on either player Tuesday, noting only that they were "sore" and undergoing tests. If the Giants are without them, they will be back to relying on Derek Hagan, Michael Clayton and Devin Thomas.Coughlin said he's seen progress in those players, particularly the latter two who were new to the system. "I've seen them adapt and be more aware of what we're asking them to do," Coughlin said.

 

O'Hara getting close

Shaun O'Hara leads the NFC in fan voting for the Pro Bowl among centers even though he has played in only four games this season. He may have a chance to earn some of those ballots soon.

Coughlin said he expects the veteran center, who has missed the last six games with a foot injury, to "practice more and we'll go from there." O'Hara had been working on a very limited basis the last two weeks.

If O'Hara returns this week, the Giants could be back to fielding their initial starting offensive line for the first time since Oct. 25 and only the fifth time in 2010.

 

Not so special

Coughlin bemoaned the special teams coverage from Monday night, saying they "let us down."

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