Tag:Jason Paul-Pierre
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:20 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 11:26 pm

Giants' Terrell Thomas tears ACL, out for season

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas tore his ACL just before halftime against the Bears during Monday night's preseason game and he will be lost for the season. The injury happened when teammate Jason Pierre-Paul accidentally came down on Thomas' right leg as both players were rushing quarterback Jay Cutler.

Head coach Tom Coughlin called it "the worst possible news," according to ESPN's Suzy Kolber.

"It's devastating," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. "Obviously, he was primed to have another great year and ... we don't know who is going to step up, but somebody is going to have to step up to fill that void. And it's a big void."

This comes two weeks after Giants 2011 first-round pick, cornerback Prince Amukamarabroke a bone in his left foot. He isn't expected back until mid-October.

New York selected Thomas out of the University of Southern Cal in the second round of the 2008 draft. He was one of just four players in the league with five or more interceptions in each of the last two seasons.

In addition to Thomas and Amukamara, the team also lost cornerback Bruce Johnson to a torn Achilles on August 4 (he was waived a day later).  Now it appears that Aaron Ross, New York's 2008 first-round pick, will go from nickel back the No. 1 corner on the depth chart.

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 10:28 am

Osi Umenyiora contract saga not over yet?

Posted by Will Brinson

Osi Umenyiora returned to practice with the Giants Monday. So it's all good, let's move on, get back to the business of football and there's nothing to see here, folks, with respect to Osi's still maybe lingering contract demands.

Right? Yeah, not so much. Giants teammate Justin Tuck, considered a "confidant," said as much on Monday afternoon.

"Just because he's back on the football field doesn't mean this whole saga is over," Tuck said, per Tom Rock of Newsday. "But he's doing what he thinks is best to help this football team and himself, and you have to give him credit for that."

Read: Osi is going to work with the team but he's not happy about his situation with the Giants, regardless of whether or not he showed up for practice. Osi's situation, coupled with his health and the potential emergence of Jason Paul-Pierre, should make for some pretty spicy rotations in 2011.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if, from time to time, [Osi] has to stay out of [the game]," Tom Coughlin said, per our Giants Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin, when discussing whether Umenyiora would rest during the season.

So what does this mean for blooming-star-in-the-wings J P-P? Well, lots of moving around.

"Basically, it is going to be a rotation again, and the coaches already told me that I am going to be working both sides," Pierre-Paul said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. "I am not going to be on one side. I will be playing right end and left end."

Paul-Pierre looked stupendous in the early going against the Panthers on Saturday and prompted many a scribe -- yours truly included -- to urge Osi to scramble for a pen and sign his incentives contract to bump up his pay before he lost his starting job.

That was/is primarily a joke, but the Giants are in an enviable position: they have a older star defensive end who finally showed up to camp and is playing and because of the youngster that's blossoming into a solid draft pick, they maintain the leverage of not being forced into acquiescing to Osi's demands.

Worst case is Osi starts sitting out again and Paul-Pierre becomes a starter. Or the Giants deal Osi and get something in return.

Best case? They have one of the strongest defensive-end rotations in the NFL.

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