The Giants have to be considering resting a number of their starters on Sunday against the Vikings, but the availability of running back Brandon Jacobs has received the most ink.
There are some conflicting reports coming out of New York as to whether Giants running back Brandon Jacobs
is going to play Sunday against the Vikings. While some accounts are saying the Giants are going to come at the Vikings with full force Sunday, others say the Giants are considering giving Jacobs an extra week off to heal up his ailing knee.
Whether Jacobs plays or not, the buzz in the Big Apple is about the Giants being on the verge of making history. Ward is 52 yards shy of reaching 1,000 yards for the season, which would make New York just the fourth team in league history to have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris did it for Miami in 1972, Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier did it for Pittsburgh in 1976, and Earnest Byrner and Kevin Mack pulled it off for Cleveland in 1985. In the 23 years since, some teams have come close, but nobody has been able to achieve the double-1,000-yard backfield tandem.
Ward put himself in position to reach 1,000 yards with a career-best 215 yards in Sunday's win over Carolina. While the win assured that New York will have the top seed throughout the NFC playoffs, head coach Tom Coughlin said Monday he intends to win the game and do what is best for his team. What exactly that means is up to interpretation.
Regardless of the decision on Jacobs, look for the Giants to give Ward every opportunity to gain the 52 yards he needs in order to put him and Jacobs in the record books.
Jacobs isn't the only Giants player who might sit if Coughlin opts to look at the big picture of getting injured players healthy for a playoff run. Others include DE Justin Tuck (ankle), DT Fred Robbins (shoulder), WR Domenik Hixon (ankle) and CB Aaron Ross (concussion).
In filings as part of their lawsuit to avoid four-game suspensions for violating the league's steroids policy, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams admitted they used StarCaps in order to lose weight prior to training camp, according to the Star Tribune. The filings stated that each of them stood to lose up to $400,000 in bonus money if they weren't at a pre-set weight limit set during the offseason. StarCaps, which had labeling that did not include the banned substance Bumetanide, is at the center of the controversy, since the league was aware that it contained the substance but players taking the supplement did not know that.
In a piece of pre-playoff gamesmanship, the Panthers signed DT J'vonne Parker off the Falcons practice squad Tuesday. Both teams are battling for the NFC South title and both have already qualified for the playoffs.
Former Vikings QB Kelly Holcomb officially announced his retirement from pro football Tuesday. He hasn't been with a team during the 2008 season and felt the time was right to fill out the paperwork with the league to get his retirement papers running through to make him eligible for his pension.
Robert Ferguson, recently released by the Vikings, visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.