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Cornerback Aaron Ross, who is of course now a very important Giant with all of the injuries at that position, admitted Tuesday that the plantar fasciitis he was struck with in training camp a season ago "was lingering around the whole year" and did not stop bothering him until this March.
Ross, whose role has been limited the past couple of seasons, is looking forward to his opportunity.
"I’m excited. Every play I get to play out there on the outside, like I said I haven’t been out there for two years now, so being out there on the outside and being able to make plays and show coaches I can make plays, the fans, the media. It’s exciting," he said. "Last year I was really confident and ready to go, but unfortunately I had the foot injury that kind of set me back for the whole year basically. This year was pretty much the same thing, I’m going into it with a positive attitude and my main thing right now is to stay healthy. It’s been good so far, just have my fingers crossed that I can continue to stay healthy."
So do the Giants, Aaron.
Coach Tom Coughlin said newly-signed cornerback Brian Williams is "a veteran who knows how to play ... we are in need of someone who can learn quick and go from there." The Giants waived linebacker Kenny Ingram to make room on the roster for Williams.
Defensive captain Justin Tuck said the Giants "have to move forward" after the rash of injuries the team has suffered.
"It really doesn't do us any good to ask questions like why. It is not going to bring them back and it is not going to help us deal with the hole that those people being absent presents. We are not going to pity ourselves because those teams we are playing this year definitely aren't. You have to move forward," Tuck said. "Does it hurt? Absolutely but every team has to go through this and every team is going to have injuries. Every team is going to have people go down but the teams that bounce back are the teams you see in the playoffs and competing for a championship every year."
Unknown Giants CBs Joe Burnett, Darnell Burks have opportunity after injuries | NJ.com
"I knew I was just a body coming in just to contribute any way I can," Burnett said. "I didn't look it as an ego thing or anything like that. I knew they had guys who were still here. But it was just another opportunity that another guy could come in and put his hand in the pile."
Doc: Thomas recovery no sure thing - NYPOST.com
Terrell Thomas faces a more arduous journey back to playing high-level cornerback for the Giants than most torn ACL patients because his is a repeat injury in his right knee.
Thomas first tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in 2005 while playing for USC.
"Revision surgery is notoriously less successful," Dr. Jonathan Glashow, an orthopedic surgeon and co-chief of Sports Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, told The Post.
Giants’ Da Rel Scott is Determined To Succeed | Pro Player Insiders
New York Giants rookie running back Da’Rel Scott hasn’t had the easiest path to the NFL. What Scott does have is a strong support system and an inner drive to succeed. Scott has used his difficulties, which have been many, to fuel his desire to achieve his dreams.
When he was 8 years old Scott’s father walked out, abandoning Da’Rel, his mom and two brothers.
"I am always going to have anger because of how he did me," Da’Rel said in an interview with the Washington Post. "It is always going to be there. It is not going away. No way at all."