New York Giants Notes: Injury Blues Edition

Good morning Giants fans and welcome to hump day at the infirmary. This is seriously getting ridiculous, as Ed said on Tuesday, but what can we do? Injuries are unfortunately a big part of NFL football, and a big reason teams carry as many players as they do. That said, the G-men appear to be snake bit when it comes to the defensive side of the ball so far this preseason. But all we can do is grin, bear it and then hold our collective breath through two more exhibition games.

New York Giants shaken up by recent rash of injuries - ESPN New York
On the same day that a 5.8-magnitude earthquake sent tremors from Virginia to New England, the New York Giants must have felt like they were at the epicenter of an 8.0 quake. The Giants lost Terrell Thomas for the season on Monday night and then learned on Tuesday that promising second-round pick Marvin Austin and emerging backup cornerback Brian Witherspoon were also done for the year with injuries. Time will tell how bad the damage ultimately will be from the injuries but clearly the Giants are shaken after losing their most productive cornerback and one of their most committed players.

Giants on spot after missing last 2 postseasons - WSJ.com
With all the drama surrounding Osi Umenyiora's contract dispute and general manager Jerry Reese's failures in the free agency market, it's easy to overlook the big issue for the New York Giants. This is a team that had chances to make the playoffs the past two seasons and fell apart down the stretch. Two years ago, they dropped eight of the last 11 after opening 5-0. They had the NFC East title in their hands last year in December until they blew a 31-10 lead against Philadelphia. The bottom fell out a couple of weeks later when they were crushed by the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay with a playoff berth on the line.

And this is the reason that the injuries become even more glaring--another swing and miss of reaching the postseason, and this team may experience major shake-ups come January. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, though.

And now, a start to the storm of Plaxico talk as the Giants gear up to face Burress' new team, the Jets....

New York Giants' Eli Manning handles business versus Chicago Bears, ready for Plaxico Burress talk - ESPN New York
Manning, of course, failed to lobby for Burress to return to the Giants this summer -- a fact he'll be asked to revisit again this week in detail. What was his reasoning again for why he didn't bother to leave a meeting room and say hello to Burress though he knew Burress was in the building to give the Giants the first shot at signing him since his release from prison? Didn't he feel any special kinship with the guy who helped him gain a foothold in Super Bowl lore by being on the other end of their game-winning touchdown play against the New England Patriots?

Plaxico's play for Jets adds insult to Giants injuries - NYPOST.com
That makes four cornerbacks in three weeks, if you're scoring at home. It is beginning to look like one of those years: What can go wrong, will go wrong. Around East Rutherford, it is known as Handley's Law. Eagles are flying high, Giants are dropping like flies. Deja Blues.

I had to post this article just so you guys could read the Post's cliches. Too funny.

New York Giants VP Steve Tisch 'disappointed' Plaxico Burress went to New York Jets - ESPN New York
When the cameras stopped rolling, though, there were no jokes about Burress signing with the Jets. Instead, Tisch, who is close to Burress, expressed disappointment about the Giants not being able to sign Burress and had nothing but kind words for him and his family. "I was disappointed," Tisch said about Burress signing with the Jets. "My disappointment, I totally understand, you and your readers will understand. ... At the same time, he's made a good deal, a very good deal; he's been guaranteed real money and I would like to see him have a great season. I truly would like to see him play great football for the Jets. It looks like he's off to a great start."

New York Giants team report: Pressure is on Mario Manningham to be threat - NFL - Sporting News
With Steve Smith gone to the Eagles, the Giants are counting on wide receiver Mario Manningham to emerge in his first year as a full-time starter to open the season. Manningham is especially skilled at gaining yards after the catch and can take even the most basic pass a long distance, but he needs to become more consistent in his route-running and in securing the ball in his hands. He does not always make sure his feet are aligned properly on the sideline and at times is not in the exact spot Eli Manning expects him to be. The Giants anticipate that Hakeem Nicks, the other starting receiver, will attract plenty of attention from opposing defenses, and they need Manningham to become a threat to share some of that attention.

Giants-Jets This Saturday Night - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Let the trash talking begin. This Saturday night, the crowd at New Meadowlands Stadium will be divided between their allegiances to Big Blue and Gang Green, as the New York Giants and New York Jets will face off in a preseason game scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.

Matt Forte: Run game will be there - Inside the Bears
Running back Matt Forte made a highlight-reel play against the New York Giants on Monday night when he took screen pass and cut across the width of the field for a 42-yard gain to the Giants 7-yard line. But he didn't get much on the ground, gaining seven yards on four carries as the Bears were held to 81 yards on 26 carries overall (3.1 yards per carry), including 23 yards on eight carries in the first half.

I think we have to give the Giants' defense some credit, too. And now, for my favorite tweet after Wednesday's earthquake:

Alex Pareene (pareene) on Twitter
@pareene Alex Pareene I think Chris Christie just jumped into the race

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