With the New York Giants' game against San Francisco 49ers looming, the Giants already have three players ruled out with injury. Linebacker Jacquian Williams (concussion), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf), and running back Peyton Hillis (concussion) won't be taking the field with the rest of the Giants on Sunday.
All three of those players are important contributors for the Giants. Cullen Jenkins as one of their starting defensive tackles, Jacquian Williams as a 3-down linebacker, and Peyton Hillis as a backup and 3rd down running back.
Fortunately, the Giants get some good injury news with the return of running back Rashad Jennings (knee). Listed as "Probable", Jennings should re-take the starting job from rookie Andre Williams. Jennings expressed confidence about his return to the field "If I'm out there, I'm going. No hesitation. No reservations."
In addition to Jennings, DaMontre Moore, who appeared on the injury report earlier this week with a shoulder injury, is listed as probable, as is Nat Berhe, who was limited with an ankle injury.
The return of Jennings will reduce the impact of Hillis' injury. The Giants also signed Miami fan favorite rookie running back Orleans Darkwa
Also, the Giants have promising rookie Jay Bromley waiting in the wings to pick up some of the slack from the loss of Jenkins.
The injury to Jacquian Williams could be the most troubling for the Giants. Williams is the Giants most athletic and versatile linebacker, they have no one player who can fill his role. Perry Fewell said Thursday that the Giants would use a combination of linebackers -- Devon Kennard, Spencer Paysinger, and Mark Herzlich -- as well as the three safety set to try to make up for Williams' absence.
It will be interesting to see how the Giants compensate for Williams' absence, and what effect that has on their defense.