The New York Giants suddenly find themselves short-handed at running back entering Saturday night's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that Peyton Hillis "will be a little while" after suffering an "ankle/foot kind of thing."
Following the placement of David Wilson on IR that leaves the Giants with only four healthy running backs. That number is plenty during the regular season, but during preseason game -- and training camp practices -- in which teams don't to overwork anyone that could be a problem.
Coughlin said the Giants are not yet in a spot where they need to add another running back to the roster.
"Both fullbacks can play running back so if we have to do that, we'll do it," Coughlin said. "Right now it's probably not our thought, but if this thing goes on and on with Hillis, then we would have to do something."
Hillis, impressive Sunday with seven carries for 36 yards, injured the ankle during practice on Tuesday.
"They wanted to put me on the cart, but I was like, ‘No, that would look too bad,'" Hillis said. "So I just walked in."
Hillis is uncertain how long he will be out.
"The way they talk, if I rest it and get treatment on it, hopefully I'll be back as soon as possible," Hillis said. "They haven't let me know when, but I'm looking to be back pretty early."
It seems pretty certain that Hillis won't play Saturday. The Giants will want to limit snaps for Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, so Saturday shapes up as an excellent opportunity for Michael Cox and Kendall Gaskins to play. Perhaps it also shapes up as a chance for fullbacks Henry Hynoski and John Conner to show they can contribute in single-back sets.