Giants down to one healthy running back

The New York Giants have a big problem in their backfield.

According to Dan Graziano of,  the only healthy running back at Monday morning’s practice was rookie Michael Cox.

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was standing off to the side with a wrap on his left leg and not working with the rest of the team during the portion of Monday morning’s practice that was open to the media. Now, the Giants don’t play again until Monday night, and they’re not practicing Tuesday or Wednesday. So it’s possible they’re just resting the veteran back as much as possible after his 22-carry performance in Thursday night’s loss to the Bears. But this is worth monitoring, since David Wilson is in California getting a second opinion on his neck injury and Da’Rel Scott is likely out for a while with a hamstring injury and if Jacobs is hurt that leaves rookie Michael Cox as the only healthy halfback on the Giants’ roster. They’d likely look to add someone at that position this week. Depending on the results of Wilson’s exam, they likely will anyway.

One piece of good news is that Andre Brown is eligible to start practicing against this week as he makes a comeback after fracturing his leg during the preseason.

Running back Andre Brown, eligible to practice this week for the first time since breaking his leg in the preseason and being placed on injured reserve/designated to return, was doing a fair bit of running. But he isn’t eligible to play in a game until Week 10 against the Raiders. So no help coming there yet.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin does expect Jacobs to practice on Thursday.


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