Personnel Report for Thursday, July 31, 2014

After a day off yesterday, the Giants came back today for their second-to-last practice before they leave for the Hall of Fame game against the Bills on Sunday.

The players were in full pads today and did not take a break in the middle of practice as they had usually been doing.

Running back David Wilson, who suffered a burner to his neck during Tuesday’s practice, was out on the field but did not practice today.

The burner happened when Wilson caught a shovel pass from quarterback Curtis Painter. He turned up-field with his head down and ran into guard, Eric Herman.

Wilson underwent tests on Tuesday night at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Per an announcement by the team, he will not participate in practice for the remainder of this week and will not play in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday against the Bills.

Wilson will be examined and evaluated by Dr. Frank Cammisa on Monday, Aug. 4. Cammisa is the chief of spine services at HSS and is the same specialist who performed the fusion surgery on Wilson back on Jan. 16.

Coach Tom Coughlin said after practice that there is no update on Wilson’s status.

“When he was cleared to play and came out and exhibited no fear, no nothing, I was really excited about that,” Coughlin said. “We’re obviously concerned.”

“Until we hear what the doctors bring, I’m just praying that the kid’s okay, that’s all.”

When asked about Wilson, sixth-year running back Rashad Jennings said “We want him back as soon as he can get back.”

Jennings did not want want to comment on the specifics of Wilson’s injury, but he has confidence that the Giants coaching staff will make the best decision for him.

Jennings admits however, that it was hard for him to see Wilson have to walk off the practice field.

“As soon as I saw him walk off the field, I started to hurt,” Jennings said. “We play this game. We’re a family and we all want to see everybody be successful. We all want to win together, and it takes more than one person.”

“Wilson is a big part of the team and we want him back,” Jennings continued. “It also hurts seeing someone who was grinding so hard behind the scenes when the media is not around, when people are not around, when fans are not around, somebody who is working so hard to get back on the field.”

“Now he has a setback and it’s frustrating, as a brother, as a friend, as a teammate so we know he’ll do everything he can to get back and we’ll be here to support him,” Jennings finished.



New Injuries

Rookie cornerback Bennett Jackson got tangled up with wide receiver Corey Washington on a deep pass and fell to the ground. The Giants training staff was with him for a while before he got up.

Coach Coughlin said after practice that Jackson was taken back for X-rays on what he thinks is Jackson’s ankle. Coughlin is hoping that it is just a sprain.

Defensive end Robert Ayers was helped off the field by trainers during today’s practice. Coughlin said that Ayers also had a problem with his ankle.

Tackle Will Beatty left practice early today for an undisclosed injury.  Fifth-year tackle Charles Brown got some reps with the ones in Beatty’s absence.

Linebacker Spencer Paysinger was seen on the sideline working with trainers. Coughlin did not provide an explanation for his absence.

Guard John Jerry was on the bike today. Jerry, according to Coughlin is dealing with the same knee issue he dealt with in the spring.

Also on the bike with Jerry was defensive tackle Mike Patterson. Coughlin said that Patterson was out due to a shoulder injury. He did not say when Patterson will be able to practice again.

Wide receiver Trindon Holliday also spent time on the bike today, though Coughlin did not provide a reason for his lack of participation in practice.

With Wilson and Holliday not practicing, wide receiver Marcus Harris and running back Michael Cox got some extended work at kick returns.


Old Injuries

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was deemed day-to-day by the Giants training staff, did not practice today due to his hamstring. He was seen doing positional drills.

It has been over a week now since Beckham has practiced. He will not play in  the Hall of Fame game, but Beckham did inform the media on Tuesday that he does expect to play in some preseason games.

Cornerback Travis Howard, who did not practice on Tuesday, also missed practice today. Coughlin did not provide a reason for his absence.

Tight end Xavier Grimble, who returned to Tuesday’s practice after missing two workouts with a sore hamstring, did not practice today due to issues with that same hamstring.

Cornerback Ross Weaver and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, who did not practice on Tuesday, practiced fully today.

Wide receiver Rueben Randle, who sat out Tuesday’s practice due to soreness in his hamstring, also practiced today with no issues.

Linebacker Jon Beason remains the only Giant on the PUP list. He was seen on the sideline today stretching with trainers.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) participated fully in today’s practice with no apparent issues.


Observational Notes

Second-year safety Cooper Taylor got some snaps with the first-line today. Taylor was originally a fifth round draft choice for the Giants in 2013. As a rookie last season, Taylor played in ten games before suffering shoulder and hamstring injuries in the last six games of the season.

Quarterback Ryan Nassib looked better today at practice. A second-year player for the Giants, Nassib showed signs of improvement.

Finally, the defensive front continues to get their hands on the ball. There were a couple of blocks made against the receivers in today’s practice.

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