EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Friday night's preseason opener didn't go well for the New York Giants from an injury standpoint, with four defensive backs and wide receiver Rueben Randle all getting hurt and leaving the game. But as the Giants returned home for practice Sunday, they did get some rare good news on the injury front in a couple of spots.
Guard Geoff Schwartz, who stayed behind to nurse a foot injury when the team went to Cincinnati last week, said Sunday afternoon that he was feeling much better and would practice Sunday night. He's likely to slot back in at right guard, though it's possible he could play right tackle, as he did last season. The right side of the Giants' offensive line, with John Jerry at guard and Marshall Newhouse at tackle, had a rough night Friday against the Bengals.
And in even more surprising news, linebacker Jameel McClain said he'd been cleared to practice Sunday. McClain suffered a neck injury in practice last week, and due to a serious spinal injury he had in 2012, the Giants were being careful not to rush him back. But he passed a battery of tests and expects to get back on the field.
"I had my fair share of tests, but it's not any comparison to what I went through before," McClain said Sunday. "What I went through before, I saw about 13, 14 doctors. So anything short of 13, I was going to be excited with. But I was good, man. They did all their due diligence to make sure I was right, but it was clear from looking at the MRI that this wasn't the same scenario. This was just a mild incident."
McClain is a valuable backup to Jon Beason at middle linebacker but also can play either of the outside linebacker positions in the Giants' 4-3 defensive front.
The Giants did release an extensive injury report that included the news that Schwartz and McClain were expected to practice Sunday. Here's the rest of it:
CB Prince Amukamara – groin strain – day to day
S Nat Berhe – calf strain – day to day
CB Chykie Brown – knee sprain – week to week
S Landon Collins – knee sprain – day to day
CB Jayron Hosley – concussion protocol; cervical issue still being evaluated
CB Trumaine McBride – hamstring – day to day
WR Rueben Randle – tendinitis – day to day
S Mykkele Thompson – ruptured Achilles – out for the season
As you can see, seven of the eight names on that list are defensive backs. The only defensive backs on the roster who aren't injured are cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Chandler Fenner, Mike Harris and Trevin Wade and safeties Bennett Jackson, Justin Currie, Cooper Taylor, Jeromy Miles, Josh Gordy and Justin Halley. The Giants worked out a few players in advance of Sunday's practice and seem likely to sign at least one defensive back.