Nine Giants sit out preseason finale due to injury issues
There was some hope that defensive end Damontre Moore might return this preseason after bruising his shoulder in the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a rookie, Moore could have used as many reps as he can handle ahead of the regular season. But Moore hasn’t been on been on the field ever since suffering that shoulder injury, and has in turn lost valuable playing time this preseason.
Fifth-year receiver Ramses Barden – who is trying to make the final roster after a mostly uneventful training camp – missed his second consecutive game as he sat out Thursday’s preseason finale with a lingering knee injury. Last year’s third-round pick, Jayron Hosely sprained his ankle last week in the 24-21 overtime loss to the New York Jets. Although the injury was initially feared to be serious, Hosley was not badly hurt in the game last week. The cornerback still wasn’t seen as ready to play against the Patriots Thursday night.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was also determined not ready to play yet, coming off back surgery. The fourth-year pro was activated off the Giants’ physically unable to perform list only last week and has since gotten some reps with the first-team defense during Tuesday’s practice. The Giants remain optimistic that he can work on his rehab at a faster pace in order to return in time for the Sept.8 regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Other Giants players also shut-down for Thursday’s game include: fullback Henry Hynoski (knee), center David Bass (knee), offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee/PUP) and wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel).