While the quick turnaround between the New York Giants' game against the Atlanta Falcons and the Washington Redskins eliminates the time the Giants could spend dwelling on their squandered opportunity, it also limits the amount of time that players have to recover.
That's reflected in the Giants' final injury report before their Thursday night game against Washington:
#Giants Injury List: Cruz, Cunningham, Kuhn, Odighizuwa, and Rodgers-Cromartie - Out. Ereck Flowers - Doubtful. Robert Ayers - Questionable— New York Giants (@Giants) September 23, 2015
With only four days between games, it was always unlikely that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would be able to pass the NFL's concussion protocol before Thursday. It has also been mentioned by the reporters who saw him in practice that Victor Cruz could likely have been active if the Giants played on Sunday instead of Thrusday, and the same is likely true of rookie Owa Odighizuwa.
Fellow rookie, and starting left tackle, Ereck Flowers will likely be downgraded from "doubtful" to "out". Head coach Tom Coughlin declared that they were going to be very cautious with the rookie's injured ankle to prevent the injury from lingering throughout the season. That likely means that Justin Pugh will once again be the starting left tackle, with John Jerry taking over the starting left guard duties.
On the bright side, however, starting middle linebacker Jon Beason looks to be on his way to making his long-awaited debut in Steve Spagnuolo's defense. Beason played well before spraining his knee in pre-season, but his intelligence and communication will play an even bigger role on the field. Veteran tight end Daniel Fells looks to be on track to play as well.
Stay tuned for more news as we get ready for week 3.