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Reviewing which players deserve praise and which deserve criticism following Saturday's 24-10 preseason loss to Baltimore.
Here is a quick injury update on the Giants following Saturday’s 24-10 loss to Baltimore in a preseason game.
Backup quarterback Jim Sorgi (shoulder), center Shaun O’Hara (ankle) and Ross (foot) will not practice tomorrow and probably won’t play vs. New England…Defensive linemen Chris Canty and Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed the Ravens game with groin injuries, have improved and “will get some limited work,” according to coach Tom Coughlin…Rookie linebacker Adrian Tracy suffered a dislocated elbow and “there’s a possibility he could be out 2-3,” Coughlin said. “Gerris Wilkinson did have a groin strain last night and they’re conducting examinations on Gerris as well.”…Wide receiver Sinorice Moss will have second opinion on his groin injury.
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is unhappy with Saturday's 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens as many of you are.
"Going into the game I was very interested in upgrading our execution and in instances, yes, but overall I did not see the kind of execution that I was anticipating and therefore I was disappointed," Coughlin said.
He was specifically asked about effort -- and the fact that he seemed to agree that in some cases the effort was not up to par is not a good sign.
"I expected more. I did," Coughlin said. "I'm not going to say that it wasn't there, I am going to say that it can be better."
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Joe Flacco played into the third quarter and passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-34 efficiency, pacing the Ravens over the Giants, 24-10, in preseason action.
Flacco was also picked off once and threw TDs to Anquan Boldin and Todd Heap in the second quarter to build an early lead following Billy Cundiff’s 25-yard field goal midway through the opening frame.
Heap caught six passes for 69 yards, while Boldin hauled in four for 52 for Baltimore, winners of seven consecutive warm-up games over the past two years.
Eli Manning, who missed a game as a result of having stitches in his forehead, completed just 9-of-18 passes for 63 yards with an interception, leading the Giants’ first-team offense to just three points — Lawrence Tynes’ 42-yard field goal at the halftime buzzer.
Brandon Jacobs had a team-high 41 yards on six carries in defeat.
Baltimore third-stringer Troy Smith threw an 11-yard TD to Marcus Smith in the fourth quarter, and Rhett Bomar finally got New York into the end zone with a one-yard toss to Victor Cruz under the two-minute warning.
Hakeem Nicks of the Giants and Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers are each out $10,000 after last Saturday’s fight during the New York-Pittsburgh preseason game.
Both players got ejected. By the way, as Mike Garafolo points out, the $10,000 is more than NFL players make for the four preseason games, when they are earning $1,500 per week. So, in this case, crime definitely did not pay.
(Sports Network) – Eli Manning is expected back on the field for the New York Giants on Saturday night, when Manning and the G-Men square off with the homestanding Baltimore Ravens in the third preseason game for each team.
Manning was injured after his un-helmeted head made contact with Jets safety Jim Leonhard’s facemask in the Giants’ 31-16 win on Aug. 16th, and the laceration on his head forced him to miss last Saturday’s 24-17 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With would-be backup Jim Sorgi also sidelined due to a shoulder injury, third- stringer Rhett Bomar was forced to go the entire way against the Steelers. The former Oklahoma and Sam Houston State star completed 13-of-26 passes for 167 yards with an interception in the contest.
With Sorgi still out this week, Bomar figures to take the bulk of the second- half snaps in relief of Manning.
Cornerback Aaron Ross (foot) will not play for the Giants on Saturday, and defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul (groin) and Chris Canty (groin) are question marks. Running back Brandon Jacobs (neck), who was sidelined for the Pittsburgh game, could see some time against the Ravens.
Baltimore, meanwhile, will be trying to build on the success of preseason victories over the Panthers (17-12) and Redskins (23-3).
Against Washington last week, three Ravens quarterbacks combined for 253 yards on 28-of-40 passing, while the defense forced four turnovers and knocked quarterback Donovan McNabb out for at least a week with an ankle injury.
Baltimore, which finished the 2009 preseason at 4-0, has won six consecutive warm-up games since a loss to Atlanta on Aug. 28, 2008.
Starting right tackle Jared Gaither (back) will miss the game for the Ravens, and one of his potential replacements, Oniel Cousins (concussion), is a question mark for the contest.
The Ravens have a 6-5 edge in their all-time preseason series with the Giants, but were 13-12 home losers in the last such meeting, prior to the 2007 campaign.
The teams last met in meaningful play during the 2008 regular season, a 30-10 Giants win at the Meadowlands.
The most memorable game played between the franchises was Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, won by Baltimore, 34-7.
The following New York Giants players are not expected to play Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens: wide receivers Ramses Barden (back) and Sinorice Moss (groin); offensive linemen Shaun O'Hara (ankle/Achilles) and Kevin Boothe (PUP, Pec); running back D.J. Ware (concussion); tight end Travis Beckum (neck); quarterback Jim Sorgi (shoulder); defensive backs Michael Johnson (back), Aaron Ross (foot) and Terrell Thomas (calf); defensive lineman Chris Canty (groin); and linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee). Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable with a groin injury.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News says New York Giants center Shaun O’Hara will not play Saturday vs. Baltimore due to tendinitis in his ankle.
Vacchiano also says that O’Hara may be sidelined until the beginning of the regular season. Mike Garafolo Tweeted this afternoon that O’Hara will be in a cast for the next few days.
Rich Seubert will get the start at center for the Giants. Adam Koets is also expected to see significant playing time.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning can wear a helmet again.
Manning swapped the baseball cap he has sported since he needed 12 stitches to close a cut on his forehead sustained during a preseason game against the New York Jets, for his helmet during Wednesday’s practice.
“Nothing special about it,” Manning said. “No new padding or anything. Just a little different helmet. Something with the chinstrap, buttoned a little different than I used to just to ensure it’s on tight.”
Hey, he’s a real football player again
Manning, of course, missed last weekend's preseason game against Pittsburgh after needing 12 stitches to close a cut in his head incurred during the preseason opener with the New York Jets.
Both Manning and Brandon Jacobs returned to practice Monday for the Giants.
"It's good that everybody is getting back healthy. It's just something that happens at training camp. You get a few guys banged up, and if it's time to get everybody back, this is kind of the time you want everybody back when you're getting close to the start of the season," Manning said. "We've got a long week, a full week between games. So I'm looking forward to a great week of practice and getting everybody kind of back healthy, back into sync of what we're doing."