While the already paper thin secondary was missing three of its four starters during Wednesday's practice, the Giants apparently aren't concerned. CB Aaron Ross was out, as expected, and seems unlikely to be able to play Sunday in Dallas. However, when both safeties – Kenny Phillips and Michael Johnson – were unexpectedly missing in action on the practice field, it certainly seemed to be cause for concern. Even if Phillips and Johnson aren't full strength, the Giants need them on the field because the club's only experienced depth at safety is C.C. Brown.
Also on the injury front...
DT Chris Canty left practice early on Wednesday with a calf injury. The extent of Canty's latest ailment was uncertain because neither he nor Coach Tom Coughlin addressed the situation after practice...
LB Michael Boley was limited but at least participated in practice on Wednesday. He said that he felt pretty good after working out in team drills, which was his first action since he tore his hip labrum in June. He's hopeful of playing Sunday...
He's the man: DE Justin Tuck was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week for his opening-week performance against Washington. The fifth-year pro had five tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks, two tackles for losses, three quarterback hits and also broke up a pass to earn his first Player of the Week honor.
Tuck also made two big plays during the Giants' most important defensive stand of the game. Late in the third quarter,20the Giants led, 17-7, when DeAngelo Hall's interception and 18-yard return gave the Redskins a first down at the Giants' 11-yard line. A touchdown would have lifted Washington to within three points. But on first down, Tuck tackled running back Clinton Portis for a six-yard loss. On third down, he sacked Jason Campbell for a two-yard loss and the Redskins were forced to settle for a field goal...
No love lost: Earlier in the week, Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton reiterated that there was no love lost between the Giants and Cowboys. Brandon Jacobs clearly agrees.
"It's still the same," Jacobs said. "Dallas doesn't like us and a couple of guys on their team made that pretty clear earlier in the week. We have guys in this locker room who are going to make that clear as well. We don't like each other, it's a rivalry that has been going for a long time and I am really excited to be a part of it and take it up to another level this Sunday."
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