New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said on Wednesday that the team has "taken every scientific precaution" to prevent injuries," but that "when we're on the field unfortunately some things happen.
Coughlin is clearly sensitive to questions about why the Giants have led the league in players on injured reserve the past two seasons, and clearly unhappy about having to talk about injured players. Unfortunately for him and the Giants, seven players missed practice on Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and Coughlin was forced to go through the laundry list. Let's go through it.
RG Geoff Schwartz
Schwartz has had to sit out practice twice this week as he tries to come back from the broken ankle that ended his 2014 season.
"Well, he obviously wasn't doing well enough to stay out there for two days in a row. It looks like one of those things that's got to be managed. We hope to get him where he can practice hard a couple days a week, but we'll have to see how that goes," Coughlin said.
LB Jameel McClain
McClain, whose history includes a serious spinal injury, left practice early Wednesday with a stinger.
"Chances are, because of the extent of the trauma, he's going to have to sit for a while," Coughlin said.
S Nat Berhe
We reported earlier that Berhe has a torn calf muscle.
"He had some kind of a muscle tear in the calf area. They're treating it," Coughlin said. "That's all I know. I can't tell you anymore, I don't know what it means either. I don't have a time frame."
C Weston Richburg and OT Ereck Flowers
Coughlin spoke simultaneously about these two, so we will write about them simultaneously. Richburg has knee tendinitis and Flowers a hip flexor.
"When I hear day-to-day, I don't know. I can't tell you. It looked like they were doing okay, especially [Ereck] Flowers. He looks like he's really coming on — I saw him out of the corner of my eye, saw him running. He looked like he was doing okay," Coughlin said.
The coach is particularly concerned about the practice time being missed by Flowers, the rookie ninth overall pick with the difficult task of playing left tackle.
"Very difficult. Very tough. You miss time and you really have a difficult time making it up because there's all kinds of stuff being thrown at him," Coughlin said. "The defense has got a sophisticated disguise and pressure package. He would benefit, definitely, from being out here. So he's had his work in the spring, there's no doubt he'll pick it up, but it's not good to miss practice. That's that we're here for."
CB Prince Amukamara
Amukamara left Wednesday's practice with a groin strain.
"Same kind of deal. He's got a little groin, but because of the position he plays, how long he'll be, I don't know," Coughlin said.
On a brighter note
Coughlin thought tight end Larry Donnell, who missed the spring with Achilles tendinitis, had a good day.
"He's coming along. He made a really nice play. I think every day he gets a little bit more mobility and he looks like he's moving better. That's what we're hoping to get at. He's also had a couple of good blocks in there," Coughlin said. "He's obviously worked hard at it. He's also worked hard to try and hang onto the ball."