Nicks and Ware Out of Action, Report Card

The news on both key injured Giants - WR Hakeem Nicks and RB/KR Danny Ware - was not good. Both are expected to miss multiple weeks of action due to their injuries suffered on opening day against Washington.

WR Hakeem Nicks will be out at least two weeks with a sprained left foot, according to Coach Tom Coughlin. After that Nicks will be evaluated on a "week-to-week basis."

WR Ramses Barden is expected to dress for Sunday's game in Dallas as a result of the injury to Hakeem Nicks. The rookie Barden was inactive vs. Washington.

RB Danny Ware's dislocated elbow will cost him at least two weeks. Like Hakeem Nicks, Ware will be re-evaluated in a couple weeks and will likely be on a "week-to-week" basis at that point.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who was New York's leading rusher against Washington, will likely return to his previous post as the club's primary kickoff returner due to the injury to Danny Ware.

LB Michael Boley is expected to be added to New York's roster on Wednesday, at which point the club will have to release/waive a player to make room for Boley. The bigger concern regarding Boley is his hip, which is likely to keep him out of action at least another week.

LB Chase Blackburn played very well at WLB in place of Michael Boley. Blackburn finished with five tackles and a half-sack vs. the Redskins. CB Aaron Ross said he's still not healthy enough to practice on Wednesday. He missed the season opener with a nagging hamstring injury.


PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus --Just the one forced pass that turned into an interception plagued Eli Manning against Washington. He completed close to 70 percent of his passes and threw for 256 yards, while only being sacked once.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus --The league's top ground game last year left plenty to be desired against Washington. The duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw barely topped 100 yards combined and they only averaged 3.3 yards per rush. Let's just say that Albert Haynesworth isn't that good; some of this disappointing effort has to fall on the offensive line.

PASS DEFENSE: B --Corey Webster did a phenomenal job of shutting down Santana Moss, including a beautiful sideline interception. Moss finished with two catches for six yards. However, Antwaan Randle El came within two yards of the century mark. While the defensive line often pressured QB Jason Campbell they only sacked him twice.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus --Allowing four yards per carry is just simply too much for one of the game's best defensive lines. They allowed Clinton Portis to bust off a 34-yard run and Jason Campbell to scramble for 16 on one occasion. But since the Giants had the lead practically all game, the Skins only rushed the ball 21 times.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus --They were burned badly by a fake field goal that holder/punter Hunter Smith ran eight yards into the end zone. Other than that, special teams weren't much of a factor in this one. New York averaged only 13.7 yards on three kickoff returns.

COACHING: B-plus --Bill Sheridan certainly stepped right into Steve Spagnuolo's shoes in his first game as the club's defensive coordinator. The defense was plenty aggressive and the offensive gameplan was conservative, but certainly put Manning and the club in great position to win the game.

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