Originally written on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 8/31/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants sacks JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Raiders 44-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Justin Tuck (Photo by Jim Mancari) Jim Mancari
BGB Assistant Editor


Every team in the NFL deals with injuries every season. It’s a given.
The Giants this preseason have been hit somewhat hard by the injury bug. With the season less than a week away, I’ll admit that I’m a little concerned that the team won’t be at full strength on Wednesday against the Cowboys.
Many players are working their way back to full health, so even if they aren’t fully ready to go on Wednesday, most will since not only is it the much-anticipated first game of the season, but also the team will have then a week and half to recover.
Ahmad Bradshaw is slightly banged up, but he’ll definitely play. Hakeem Nicks looked a little tentative going across the middle in the final preseason game, but it was his first action so hopefully he’s ready to go Wednesday.
But the real worry is on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, the Giants can field a top-notch defensive line of all injured players: Justin Tuck (shoulder), Jason Pierre-Paul (back), Shaun Rogers (blood clot) and Chris Canty (knee).
Rogers and Canty will miss significant time, but Tuck and JPP are likely to lineup Wednesday. So again, the big guns will be in there when it counts.
Terrell Thomas was all set to come back healthy this season, but he re-aggravated his ACL injury from last season. Rather than surgery, the team opted for rehab, but who knows where that will put TT this season?
Michael Boley’s injured hamstring has literally “hamstrung” the Giants linebacking core. He’s a defensive leader that needs to be in there to keep order.
While these injuries have hurt, they’ve also opened the door for some other players to step up. Football is a team game, so contributions come from all different directions, not just a handful of players.
We’ve seen this preseason that first-round draft pick David Wilson can fill in beautifully for Bradshaw, and Adewale Ojomo is making a name for himself along the defensive front. Linebackers Keith Rivers and Mark Herzlich appear healthy and ready to play as well.
So yes, the Giants injuries are still a concern, but if the unsung heroes continue to step up, the Giants will be able to rely on their depth to win games.
If that’s the case, there’s no reason for TT, Boley or Canty to rush back since the other players can pick up the slack.
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