Coughlin, Giants try to focus on Steelers

Stephen Dunn

The New York Giants are still dealing with the after-effects of the massive storm that hit the New Jersey area this week, but the Giants are trying to focus on preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and his team were back at work Wednesday preparing for Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The last few days have been anything but routine, however, as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy battered the New York-New Jersey area and left many without power.

"We're not denying what's going on. I mean, I think that's foolish. Everyone has been struck by this. Although, I would like very much to make sure that the focus is 100 percent on the task at hand, I think you do have to have a little bit of a mature attitude about these young men, their families and some of the circumstances they might me going through. Just like probably 85 percent of you who don't have power. Well, there's no sense in ducking that one," Coughlin said. "I mean, we've got guys who have kind of doubled up and families have gone to where they can, where power is in existence, especially people with young children. So, I'll try to do the best I can with that, but there's no avoiding what's happened here. Quite frankly, we don't want to. That's not our job. We realize this is a part of life, we've been struck by a blow by Mother Nature and we have to deal with it the best way we can."

That said, the 6-2 Giants will begin the second half of their season Sunday against the 4-3 Steelers.

"Nothing is pushed back in the NFL. Everything is on schedule. Everything stays on schedule," Coughlin said. "We've made some adjustments to try to accommodate and anticipate some issues that we might have. In other words, starting late this afternoon, for example. I don't think that's going to inhibit anything. We've been hard at it and the coaches have been hard at it."

Injury Notes

Coughlin said the team is "hopeful, confident" that safety Antrel Rolle will pass concussion tests and be able to play Sunday.

Here is the full injury list for Wednesday:

C, David Baas (ankle)
DT, Rocky Bernard (quad)
LB, Chase Blackburn (hamstring)
RB, Ahmad Bradshaw (foot)
WR, Victor Cruz (calf)
TE, Bear Pascoe (ankle)
S, Kenny Phillips (knee)
LB, Keith Rivers (calf)
S, Antrel Rolle (concussion)
LB, Jacquian Williams (knee)

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