Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's start today by checking on the Giants' injury situation. The Giants got the news Monday that cornerback Walter Thurmond is lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. They await word today on middle linebacker Jon Beason (toe) and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan (mid-foot sprain). The news might not be good there, either.
A source indicated Tuesday night that the Giants could be bracing for bad news about Jernigan. With Odell Beckham Jr. still sidelined by his hamstring injury, the loss of Jernigan would leave the Giants with Preston Parker and Corey Washington as options at the third wide receiver spot. Coughlin indicated Monday that the training staff reports that Beckham is getting better, but gave no indication as to when he might return to practice.
Beason left Sunday's game in a walking boot with a toe injury. The veteran linebacker missed all of the preseason after suffering a broken sesamoid bone in that same foot during OTAs.
The Giants' situation at linebacker is compounded by the fact that rookie Devon Kennard is dealing with a hamstring injury. Coughlin did not sound optimistic on Monday that Kennard would be back this week. Asked Monday if there would be a roster move at linebacker, Coughlin only said "maybe."
Without Beason and Kennard the Giants would seemingly be left with two choices at linebacker. One is to play Mark Herzlich, who struggled in pass coverage Sunday, at middle linebacker. The other is to move Jameel McClain to the middle and play Spencer Paysinger on the strong side.