Giants Hit by a Rash of Injuries that has Coughlin Concerned

Ruegamer hurtWhile the Giants were happy with some aspects of their 13-12 win over the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday night, the big story on Monday was the rash of injuries that the team suffered and how long some of their players might be out for. “To be honest with you, from a head coach’s standpoint it’s one of the most, I would have to say, not only frustrating but also depressing things you have to deal with,” head coach Tom Coughlin said.

The injury front reads like this: cornerback Sam Madison with a pulled left hamstring, free safety Will Demps with a dislocated right elbow, OL Grey Ruegamer with a high ankle sprain, WR Michael Jennings with a torn Achillies tendon, WR Steve Smith and DT Jonas Seawright both with concussions. On top of that, the team was already missing TE Jeremy Shockey with tightness in his hamstring.

Jennings’ injury is the most severe, as he’ll miss the season. “I’m very down about the Michael Jennings thing,” Coughlin said. “There’s a guy who just worked his ever-loving off, done everything you asked him to do. Just gotten better week in and week out, almost practice in and practice out. It is a very difficult thing to deal with.” As for the rest, Coughlin is hoping Madison will be back in about two weeks, while Demps’ elbow will likely keep him out till at least the teams first or second regular season game. As for the rest, Smith and Seawright should be okay, and Ruegamer should miss the final two preseason games and hopefully be back in time for the opener.


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