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New York Giants Notes: Friday Afternoon Reading Material

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Here are a few New York Giants-related stories for your reading enjoyment this afternoon. A couple of these might be a little old, but we really have not discussed them here.

  • Safety Kenny Phillips discussed the league's crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits on his blog this week.

    Most players know each other, a lot of us are friends, and no one wants to go out there and take a cheap shot at a friend. I don’t think most guys are looking to hurt any other player. A lot of times you can’t help how you hit a player. A receiver might ball up and your helmet might hit his helmet, even though you’re just trying to separate the receiver from the ball.

    New NFL regulations could change the game a bit. They’re not really defining what a "vicious hit" is, it seems like there’s too much grey area there. If players start getting suspended for hard hits that could change the outcome of some games.

    I can tell you it’s not going to change my game. If I have a chance to make a play on a ball, I’m going to go for it, like I always have. Hopefully I won’t end up getting a suspension for a big hit, but if it happens, it happens. I can tell you now I’m just looking to make a play on the ball.

    I can’t let this change the way I play. I’m going to remain the same hard-hitting player I’ve always been.
  • Hall of Famer and former Giants great Harry Carson says some head injuries are simply unavoidable.
  • If you have not read Andrew Sharp's take on the concussion problem, head over to and do so. It's a great, thought-provoking, read.
  • Mike Ditka and Joe Paterno have an old-school fix for the concussion issue -- get rid of the face mask.
  • The NFL ruled this week that the Giants were in compliance with league rules when they placed wide receiver Victor Cruz on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
  • Pat Traina looks at the reasons for the resurgence of the Giants' running game. By the way, the Cowboys have noticed.