Short week to get healthy

Vereen, Jenk­ins might miss Thurs­day’s game against the Ea­gles.

The Times-Tribune - - National Football League - BY TOM CANA­VAN

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants seem­ingly are head­ing into their quick turn­around game with the Philadel­phia Ea­gles short­handed.

Coach Ben McA­doo dis­closed Mon­day evening that third-down back Shane Vereen rein­jured his tri­ceps in his sec­ond game back af­ter tear­ing the mus­cle in the third week of the sea­son and hav­ing surgery.

McA­doo did not know if Vereen would re­quire surgery again, and he was not will­ing to say the six-year vet­eran would miss the rest of the sea­son.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate,” the rookie coach said. “He worked his tail off to get back to where he was, and I am dis­ap­pointed for Shane.”

There also is con­cern about shut­down cor­ner­back Janoris Jenk­ins for Thurs­day night’s game against the Ea­gles (5-9) in Philadel­phia. He took a knee to the back in the sec­ond quar­ter of the Giants’ 17-6 win over Detroit and did not re­turn.

“It was a nasty col­li­sion, we took ev­ery pre­cau­tion we could,” said McA­doo, adding it was too early to say whether Jenk­ins would be able to play in what might be a play­off clinch­ing game for the Giants. “Ev­ery­thing checked out. Right now, it’s a painful bruised back.”

If the Giants win, they are back in the post­sea­son for the first time since 2011.

The Giants head into the game with a de­fense that is peak­ing. The unit has given up 13 points to­tal in beat­ing divi­sion lead­ers Dal­las and Detroit in the past two weeks.

How­ever, this is a ri­valry game and it doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence that the Giants have won eight of their last nine while the Ea­gles are rid­ing a five-game los­ing streak.

“You can throw the records out the win­dow,” McA­doo said. “It’s go­ing to be a phys­i­cal game on a short week. We just need to fo­cus on tak­ing care of the task at hand.”

McA­doo said the key will be to take ad­van­tage of ev­ery sec­ond in get­ting the play­ers ready. If that means tai­lor­ing the way the guys learn, they will do that.

Eli Man­ning, who threw for four touch­downs in the Giants’ win over the Ea­gles ear­lier this sea­son, said there is no use com­plain­ing about the sched­ule.

“For me, it’s just about get­ting men­tally pre­pared, learn­ing all the plays and see­ing the de­fense and get­ting the prepa­ra­tion done,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously un­der­stand­ing for the of­fen­sive line­men, de­fen­sive line­men, run­ning backs, lineback­ers, it’s about get­ting your body back. Just the sore­ness. It can de­pend on the week be­fore. How many hits you take or how sore you are if you’re deal­ing with an in­jury.

“Right now, late in the year, it’s a chance to earn a play­off spot.”

Man­ning felt the strug­gling of­fense played a lit­tle bet­ter against the Lions in a 17-6 win. The run­ning game gen­er­ated more than 100 yards and the of­fense did not turn over the ball.

Even the de­fense feels there is room for im­prove­ment.

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