With the Giants' preseason game against, and joint practices with, the Cincinnati Bengals looming, the New York Giants set off to Cincinnati on Monday. It had been established that the players who definitely won't be participating in the preseason game would be staying home.
Monday evening the Giants released the list of players who would not be traveling with the team. Geoff Schwartz, Jameel McClain, Nat Berhe, and Chykie Brown, along with Will Beatty, are all being held out of the trip.
The most concerning name on the list is, of course, right guard Geoff Schwartz. Schwartz has missed several practices with a sore ankle in the last week after having to work more than anticipated when John Jerry had to skip practice with an illness.
Jameel McClain's history of neck injuries makes it not a surprise that he will be staying in Giants-land this week after a stinger knocked him out of practice earlier in camp. Likewise Nat Berhe, who's calf injury was revealed to be a torn muscle, is not a surprise.
Three names that are conspicuous in their absence from the list are Prince Amukamara, Bennett Jackson, and Victor Cruz.
Cruz had previously said that the coaching staff would be holding him out of the practices and game, saying "I'll just do the stuff that we do. They don't want me to get overcompetitive and go out there and do something crazy."
Cruz will be performing individual drills on the side, and likely won't be on the field with the Bengals' defenders as the Giants continue to be cautious with his rehab.
It had been previously speculated that Prince Amukamara's injury, which Tom Coughlin had characterized as a "little groin", would keep him from making the trip with the team.
Bennett Jackson also missed practices this past week with a strained quad muscle, but he too made the trip. It seems he did, in fact, make the trip with the team. It still remains to be seen what, if anything, Amukamara and Jackson will do during the joint practices and the first preseason game.
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