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Injury Update

From NY Daily News:

“Tom Coughlin sounded very optimistic that RB Brandon Jacobs, TE Kevin Boss, DT Barry Cofield and CB Aaron Ross will all be back on the field in time for the Giants’ playoff opener in two weeks.

All four of those starters were forced to sit out the Giants’ regular-season finale in Minnesota yesterday. Jacobs and Cofield are battling knee injuries and Boss and Ross are battling concussions.

Ross, who had a severe concussion and didn’t even make the trip to Minnesota, seemed “very good” today, Coughlin said, and he would’ve been able to practice if the Giants didn’t have the day off. Boss was doing “better” too, Coughlin said. And Cofield said after yesterday’s game that he was healthy enough to play.

Jacobs is the biggest wild-card, though. Asked if he’ll be ready, Coughlin said “I hope so. That’s what we’re leaning towards. We’re counting on that taking place, certainly.” That was a very optimistic answer, but it was something less than an enthusiastic “Yes!”

“He’s making progress and this rest will do him good,” Coughlin said. “I’d like to see him with solid practice time as well. I’m not sure if we’re going to be able to do that. That would be the goal.”

Meanwhile, TE Michael Matthews was scheduled to have an MRI on his sprained ankle, according to Tom Coughlin. Matthews returned to the game after spraining his ankle yesterday, but apparently it was still pretty swollen this morning.

S Michael Johnson (quad contusion) “seems to be doing better,” Coughlin said.”

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