Stoutmire lost for season

The Giants beleaguered secondary took an even bigger hit when it was learned that Omar Stoutmire had suffered a torn ACL against the Eagles and would be lost for the season.

"Losing him is a big blow to the special teams and the secondary," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. Stoutmire, in his fifth season in New York, has posted only one INT for the Giants, but has provided dependable tackling and consistency in his assignments and alignments. "It's a big blow," nickelback Terry Cousin said. "Omar's vital to all of our packages. He's a leader out there." Coughlin said that the Giants had no immediate intentions of signing a veteran to replace Stoutmire, who had been beaten out for the starting free safety spot by free agent signee Brent Alexander.

With Stoutmire out of action, more pressure falls on fifth-round pick Gibril Wilson to step in and join the sub defensive packages. Also, newly-signed rookie free agent Mark Jones, brought aboard to return punts, was moved from receiver to cornerback to provide help in the secondary. Jones played both ways while at the University of Tennessee.

Additionally, either Alexander or fullback Jim Finn would replace Stoutmire as the upback on the punt coverage team.

* SLB Carlos Emmons did not practice Wednesday as he recovers from a groin injury. Coughlin listed Emmons as "day-to-day."

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