• We all know that LaVar is out for the year.
  • Osi is “week-to-week,” said Colonel Tom (said the Giants website) with a strained hip flexor and will “probably” not play on Sunday. Justin Tuck is also questionable with a swollen foot, which means that Kiwanuka will start. It sucks that Osi went down, but it’ll sure be exciting to watch Nuke.
  • Also, Sam Madison is listed as questionable, which means that R.W. will probably get a lot of the snaps like he did in the second half against Dallas. Madison has improved over the course of the year (although thank God LaVar made that play on the attempted flea-flicker because T.O. had Madison completely crisped), but it’s not as if going from Madison to R.W. is gonna be too devastating.
  • Jason Bell, who did a nice job filling in for Gibril against the Falcons (except for being slow to fill the gap on Warrick Dunn’s 90-yard touchdown run), is also questionable, as are Sinorice Moss (there’s no chance he’ll play) and Frank Walker. Plax is probable with a heel injury, but you can’t be especially worried about that.
  • The good news on the injury front is that Carlos Emmons will probably be back. Judging from the newspapers today, people think he’ll step in at the strong-side linebacker for LaVar, with Brandon Short staying put at the weakside. If Emmons isn’t back this week, Reggie Torbor will hold down the strong side, but look for Emmons to step into the starting role when he gets back. You have to like Torbor, Gerris, and Blackburn as our linebacker depth. But as we’ve all been saying, the one guy we can’t lose is Pierce in the middle.