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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was non-committal Monday when asked if running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who has missed the last two games with a cracked bone in his foot, would play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“We’ll see. There is no sense speculating,” Coughlin said. “He’s going to have to go out and practice and he’s certainly had a couple of good, solid weeks of rest and hopefully he’ll be able to do some things. Probably won’t know until we get him out there.”
Bradshaw suffered the injury in a game against the Miami Dolphins three weeks ago, and has not played since. In his absence Brandon Jacobs has carried the bulk of the rushing load for the Giants, carrying the ball 18 times in each of the past two games.
Bradshaw still leads the Giants in rushing with 440 yards in seven games.
So, we just have to wait and see if Bradshaw can get out on the practice field this week.
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Monday that both linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring) and cornerback Aaron Ross (quad) would be “day-to-day” this week due to their injuries. Coughlin, however, then went on to sound as though he does not expect Boley to play Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The guys who are going to play will have an entire week of practicing,” Coughlin said.
When Boley went down before the end of the first half Sunday he was replaced by rookie undrafted free agent Spencer Paysinger, who saw his first extended action of the season on defense.
Paysinger and Jacquian Williams could be called upon to play larger roles if Boley is unable to play. Another concern would be who would call the defensive signals, which Boley has been doing since he is the team’s most experienced linebacker.
The Giants also have rookie middle linebacker Greg Jones. Mathias Kiwanuka moves back and forth between linebacker and the defensive line.
The New York Giants have still not released any information on the hamstring injury suffered Sunday by linebacker Michael Boley during the team’s 27-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Boley was injured shortly before halftime and did not play in the second half. The veteran has become a leader on the Giants’ defense, calling many of the defensive signals with middle linebacker Jonathan Goff out for the season.
With Boley out, rookie undrafted free agent Spencer Paysinger saw his first significant playing time of the season on defense Sunday. The Giants are also using rookie linebackers Greg Jones and Jacquian Williams extensively.
“It’s actually kind of funny. We were talking about who on this defense would it hurt to lose and unanimously we talked about Boley," said Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck. "He is that guy that gets everyone setup, lined up. It’s tough. Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looked and we can get him back in the lineup as soon as possible. We definitely need him.”
Aaron Ross suffered a quad injury against the 49ers, but reports are that Ross is day-to-day and should be OK. He was replaced on punt returns Sunday by Victor Cruz, and Michael Coe took many of his snaps at cornerback.
The Dallas Cowboys blew the doors off the Buffalo Bills, 44-7. The 5-4 Cowboys have emerged as the only legitimate threat to the Giants in the fight for the division title. You can read all about it at SB Nation Dallas or at Blogging The Boys.
The Philadelphia Eagles lost another fourth-quarter lead on Sunday, falling to a horrendously disappointing 3-6 with a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Even worse, the team said today that quarterback Michael Vick has broken ribs and is unlikely to play Sunday night against the Giants.
The Washington Redskins went back to Rex Grossman at quarterback on Sunday, but it did not matter. The fading Redskins were beaten, 20-9, by the Miami Dolphins. The Redskins are 2-6 on the season. See Hogs Haven for more on the Redskins.
Let’s take a quick look back at Sunday’s 27-20 loss by the New York Giants to the San Francisco 49ers,
It Was Over When …
San Francisco’s Justin Smith batted down Eli Manning’s pass on fourth-and-two from the 49ers 10-yard line with 37 seconds left, securing the victory for San Francisco.
Turning Point Of The Game
A stretch of 2:47 late in the third quarter and at the beginning of the fourth quarter in which the 49ers turned a 13-12 deficit into a 27-13 lead. A poor punt and a blown pass coverage led to the first score, giving San Francisco a 20-13 lead. An Eli Manning interception on what appeared to be a miscommunication with Mario Manningham led to the second score, with 12:26 to play in the game.
— The Giants snapped Frank Gore’s string of 100+yard games at five. Gore, suffering from knee and ankle injuries, carried just six times for no yards.
— The Giants had the ball for 34:37, compared to 25:23 for the 49ers.
— Eli Manning passed for 311 yards, his fourth 300+ yard passing game this season.
— Reserve defensive back Derrick Martin committed three costly special teams penalties, including two on one punt.
— Mario Manningham had a chance to haul in what could have been a game-tying 42-yard touchdown pass, but had the ball slide off his fingertips. Manningham also broke off a pass route that led to Manning’s costly fourth-quarter interception.
The New York Giants have gotten used to miraculous fourth-quarter comebacks this season, with five of their six wins being come-from-behind ones. Sunday, though, the Giants could not complete a comeback from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 27-20, at Candlestick Park.
The Giants (6-3) still lead the NFC East. San Francisco (8-1) has won seven straight games and leads the NFC West.
Trailing, 27-20, the Giants got the ball at their own 20-yard line with 6:35 remaining. The Giants drove all the way to San Francisco's 10-yard line, twice converting on fourth down during the drive, before defensive end Justin Smith of the 49ers batted down an Eli Manning pass on fourth-and-two with 37 seconds left, securing the victory for San Francisco.
The Giants took a 13-12 lead in the third quarter when Manning hit Mario Manningham for a 13-yard touchdown pass, completing a 10-play, 84-yard drive.
San Francisco took the lead early in the fourth quarter after a poor 29-yard punt by Steve Weatherford gave the 49ers the ball at the 50-yard line. Four plays later San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith hit Vernon Davis for a 31-yard touchdown pass. A two-point conversion gave the 49ers a 20-13 lead with xx to play.
Eli Manning was intercepted on the Giants' next possession. Carlos Rogers picked off the pass and returned it to New York's 17-yard line. Kendall Hunter ran the ball in from their on San Francisco's first play, giving the 49ers a 27-13 lead with 12:26 to play.
The Giants quickly drove 80 yards for a touchdown, with Manning hitting Hakeem Nicks for a 32-yard touchdown to make the score 27-20 with 8:43 to play. The Giants then forced a San Francisco punt, but could not get the game-tying score.
Manning finished 26-of-40 for the Giants for 311 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Alex Smith was 19-of-30 for 242 yards with a touchdown and an interception for San Francisco.
The San Francisco 49ers hung on to win at home against the New York Giants, 27-20, Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The 49ers are now 8-1 in the NFC West. The Giants fall to 6-3 in the NFC East.
The first half stayed extremely close with both teams scoring a combined 15 points, all by field goal. It was a defensive outing from both sides with neither quarterback really establishing a rhythm. San Francisco's kicker David Akers continued to be clutch from range, finding accuracy at 52 yards out.
The second half is when the game opened up. Eli Manning put the Giants ahead 13-12 with a beautiful 13 yard pass to Mario Manningham with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. It was in the fourth quarter that Alex Smith and the 9ers hit their stride and ran on all cylinders with Smith connecting with Vernon Davis to put San Francisco ahead. They opted to go for the two point conversion which they were successful on when Smith found an open Michael Crabtree in the endzone. They were quick on the turn around going up another touchdown when running back Kendall Hunter rushed to the left side putting them ahead 27-13.
Eli Manning drove the Giants down the field with 8:37 remaining to connect on a pass down the sideline to Hakeem Nick for 32 yards. New York had one final opportunity to tie the game at the close but were unsuccessful on a 4th and 2 when Eli's pass was batted down by Justin Smith.
The New York Giants cut the San Francisco 49ers lead when Eli Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks for a 32 yard touchdown. It was the second Giants touchdown of the day as well as Nicks' second catch. Nicks created an opening getting away from the 9ers defense on a deep route downfield. Manning timed his passes perfectly and Nicks didn't have to break stride at all. It was a much needed touchdown as the Giants were down by two touchdowns prior to the grab.
The 49ers expanded their lead just four minutes prior when running back Kendall Hunter broke several tackles and rushed downfield for a 17 yard touchdown. It is Hunter's second touchdown of the 2011 NFL season. The hole was created on the left side of the offensive line and once Hunter got moving he was gone. The carry put the 9ers up 27-13 with 12 minutes to go in the game.
The 49ers continue to push the Giants around this Sunday when Alex Smith connected with tight end Vernon Davis for a 31 yard pass for the touchdown. Davis was left wide open giving him plenty of space to make the catch and turn downfield towards the end zone. He finished his run with an unnecessary leap into the end zone. The touchdown was Davis' first on the day. It was his fourth touchdown this season.
The 9ers opted to go for the two point conversion to put them ahead by 7 and Alex Smith connected with Michael Crabtree who was wide open in the endzone. The 9ers completed the drive going ahead 20-13 over the Giants. Below is a video of the catch:
The Giants defense were unable to stop the San Francisco offense during the drive and allowed Davis to create enough space to get the grab and six points.
The New York Giants trail the San Francisco 49ers, 9-6, in a meeting between NFC East and west division leaders at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
David Akers has made field goals of 36, 52 and 29 yards for the the 49ers, the last one after a successful onside kick. Lawrence Tynes has made field goals of 234 and 25 yards for New York.
Eli Manning completed his first 10 passes for the Giants and is 13-of-18 for 121 yards and one interception for the Giants.
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith is 12-of-17 passing for 151 yards and one interception. San Francisco running back Frank Gore, who has five consecutive 100+ yard rushing games, has carried the ball six times for zero yards.
Brandon Jacobs has 10 carries for 27 yards for New York. Wide receiver Marion Manningham has four catches for 46 yards.
The Giants are 6-2, and San Francisco is 7-1.
The long-awaited debut of New York Giants first-round pick Prince Amukamara will have to wait at least one more week. Amukamara, a cornerback, is among the team's list of inactives for today's against the San Francisco 49ers.
Amukamara broke his foot during training camp and has been practicing for the past few weeks, but coach Tom Coughlin said during the week that he was still not convinced that Amukamara is ready for live action.
Earlier this week Coughlin said "there has to be, in everyone's opinion, the proof - how he's performed on the practice field - before we can simply say he's ready to go. He gets better each week and everyone is thinking that the time is approaching. There are still some things that I think have to be cleared up on the practice field."
Joining Amukamara as inactive for the Giants are running back Ahmad Bradshaw, wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, fullback Henry Hynoski, offensive lineman James Brewer and Mitch Petrus, and defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks.
The 49ers inactives are: QB Scott Tolzien, WR Brett Swain, CB Shawntae Spencer, FB Moran Norris, OL Daniel Kilgore, OL Mike Person, NT Ian Williams.
The Giants travel to San Francisco this weekend without their starting running back as they try to hand the San Francisco 49ers their second loss of the season.
New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham experienced swelling in his right knee Saturday morning and is now questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Compared to their opponents, the San Francisco 49ers have a pretty clean bill of health coming into Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
None of the 49ers had to sit out a practice this week. The following players are listed as probable:
Linebacker Navorro Bowman (shoulder), wide receiver Michael Crabtree (foot), cornerback Chris Culliver (shoulder), wide receiver Braylon Edwards (knee), safety Dashon Goldson (knee), running back Frank Gore (ankle), running back Kendall Hunter (ankle), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (toe), tight end Delanie Walker (knee) and safety Donte Whitner (thigh).
For more on Sunday's matchup from a 49ers perspective, visit the StoryStream over at SB Nation Bay Area.
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss his second straight game Sunday at San Francisco due to a fractured bone in his right foot. Wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan will also miss the game with a hip injury.
As for the good news, defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) made full participation in practice after being limited earlier in the week and is listed as probably for Sunday, along with fullback Henry Hynoski (neck).
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed last week's game with a strained hamstring, had his second straight day of limited participation and is listed as questionable along with rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot), who will look to make his NFL debut against the 49ers. Center David Baas (knee) and offensive tackle Stacy Andrews (back) are also listed as questionable.
The New York Giants (6-2) travel to California this weekend to face the 7-1 San Francisco 49ers. Let’s take a look at what the NFC West leading 49ers are all about.
San Francisco has won five straight games, losing only a Week 2 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, 27-24.
The 49ers are a ‘ground and pound’ team built around running back Frank Gore, who was 782 yards ruyshing in eight games and has five straight 100+ yard games, a franchise record.
“The 49ers offense is built around a power rushing attack and Alex Smith is asked to avoid making many mistakes,” said David Fucillo of Niners Nation.
Smith, the 49ers quarterback, has thrown just two interceptions while getting 10 touchdown passes thus far in 206 pass attempts. By contract, Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning has thrown 280 passes thus far.
The 49ers are first in the league against the run, giving up just 70.8 yards per game. Linebackers NaVorro Bowman (71 tackles) and Patrick Willis (67 tackles) lead the way.
Ted Ginn Jr. is one of the league’s most dangerous return men. He averages 29.2 yards per return on kickoffs and 12.5 yards per return on punts. Plackekicker David Akers has made 19-of-21 field goals, including all four of his attempts from 50 yards or more.
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and rookie wide receiver/return specialist Jerrel Jernigan (hip) have been declared out of the Giants’ game Sunday in San Francisco.
Four players who practiced on a limited basis are questionable: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (hamstring), center David Baas (knee), tackle Stacy Andrews (back) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot).
Nicks, who missed last week’s victory in New England, said he took a little more than 50 percent of the offensive snaps.
“It turned out pretty good,” he said. “I got to test it a little bit. I got to run downfield a little bit. It still felt pretty good, so we will see what happens.
“We will see what the decision is that they will make (about his availability on Sunday).”
Fullback Henry Hynoski (neck) and Umenyiora (knee) practiced fully and are probable.
ROSTER UPDATE: For the fifth time this season, quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has been signed to the Giants’ practice squad. To make room for Perrilloux, the team terminated the practice squad contract of defensive end Craig Marshall, who was signed on Tuesday.
The New York Giants (6-2) will march into Candlestick Park this Sunday (Nov. 13, 2011) at 4:15 p.m. ET to take on the red-hot San Francisco 49ers (7-1). Big Blue is getting three-and-a-half points in the spread with an over/under of 42.5.
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers due to the cracked bone in his foot, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bradshaw, the Giants’ leading rusher with 440 yards this season, also missed last Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots due to the injury. Bradshaw’s absence means Brandon Jacobs will start at running back for the second consecutive week.
Bradshaw has a history of foot and ankle injuries. He suffered this latest injury two games ago in a victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Jacobs gained 72 yards on 18 carries against the Patriots in his first start of the season. The loss of Bradshaw also means potential snaps for backup running backs D.J. Ware and Da’Rel Scott.
The Giants did get good news on Hakeem Nicks hamstring injury. He practiced on a limited basis Thursday after missing the New England game. coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks "is definitely in the right direction.”
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice session with the hamstring injury that prevented him from playing in this past Sunday's win over the New England Patriots.
The remainder of New York's Thursday injury report was unchanged from the day before. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw missed practice again and is "iffy" for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, while wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan also missed his second straight practice.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot), offensive tackle Stacy Andrews (back), center David Baas (knee) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) joined Nicks in making limited participation in Thursday's practice. According to a media release, Amukamara is practicing with the defense for the first time since his breaking his foot over the offseason. The first-round draft pick is hoping to make his NFL debut this week.
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Nicks, who is recovering from a hamstring injury sustained two Sundays ago against Miami, ran full speed on his own during the workout, according to a report from ESPN New York. Bradshaw did not practice due to a fractured bone in his right foot, but will try to play as he did with a similar injury in 2009.
Center David Baas, who also missed Sunday's game, was limited in practice with a knee injury, as were cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot), offensive tackle Stacy Andrews (back) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee).
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