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Ross troubled by MRI result; Johnson to IR »


By Ralph Vacchiano


Injured Giants cornerback Aaron Ross wasn’t in a mood to really discuss the MRI he had yesterday on his troublesome left hamstring, but it certainly didn’t sound like the results were very good.


Ross said the MRI revealed no new tears on the thrice-torn muscle, but he added that “it hasn’t gone away.” It sounded like he meant the old injuries hadn’t fully healed yet, but when he was asked to clarify that statement, he giggled nervously and said he meant “the tightness.”


What all that means is not completely clear. Then again, nothing has really been clear about Ross’ situation this season. He was held out of the Giants’ big win in Washington Monday night after his hamstring tightened up on him in practice on Saturday because he wasn’t sure he’d be able to make it through the whole game.


Ross is probably not going to practice this afternoon, although the practice is really “a jog-through,” according to Tom Coughlin, so whether he participates or not won’t really tell us much about his status for Sunday. It’s a good bet that’s up in the air anyway.


Meanwhile, on the rest of the injury front:


• TE Darcy Johnson was placed on season-ending injured reserve today in a somewhat-surprising move, just two days after he was a supposedly healthy scratch against the Redskins. I say “supposedly” because Coughlin said this morning that Johnson wasn’t inactive because of an injury. However, Johnson said he had an MRI on his shoulder “a couple of weeks ago” and it showed more damage than they expected. That led to the decision to put him on IR.


So why wasn’t on he on the injury report, you ask? Because he never missed even part of a practice after first injuring his shoulder in Denver on Thanksgiving night. Of course, that would indicate that the shoulder probably wasn’t that bad to begin with.


So, when did it become so bad that he had to be put on IR? I’m guessing it occurred the moment the Giants decided they liked TE Bear Pascoe better, especially as a blocker.


By the way, the Giants haven’t announced it yet but they have signed TE Scott Chandler off the Cowboys’ practice squad to replace Johnson on the 53-man roster.


• G Rich Seubert said his sprained knee “feels good. … We’ll see how it goes this week. Hopefully it feels better. It’s something that’s been done before in the past.”


• WR Hakeem Nicks said his strained hamstring is OK, too. “I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I’ll take it slow this week and see where it goes.”


• Coughlin offered no updates on anyone, including CB Corey Webster (knee) and RT Kareem McKenzie (knee). “Time to get them all back,” he said. “‘Hopeful’ is not the word. We need everybody. We need them fast.”


• RB DJ Ware said he was healthy and was “surprised” he was inactive on Monday night while RB Gartrell Johnson got th not ahead of him. Asked if he got an explanation from his coach, he said “No, he really hasn’t explained it. That’s how it works.” It’s safe to assume he wasn’t pleased with the decision.






Here's a head-scratching move: the Giants have signed tight end Scott Chandler off the Cowboys' practice squad, according to someone informed of the transaction. The person requested anonymity because the team hasn't yet announced the move.


The 6-7, 265-pound Chandler, a former fourth-round pick of the Chargers in 2007, has played in only one NFL game.


It's unclear at this point why the Giants added Chandler, as they already have four tight ends on the active roster: Kevin Boss, Darcy Johnson, Travis Beckum and Bear Pascoe.


Johnson was inactive for the victory over the Redskins on Monday night in favor of Pascoe, who technically made his first career start because the Giants lined up in a double-tight-end formation on their first offensive play. Pascoe made a 9-yard catch after a play-action fake for his first career catch.


Johnson's being inactive was the first time in his career he hasn't dressed while a member of the active roster. Johnson was added to the 53-man roster late in the 2006 season and dressed for both the final regular-season game and the playoff loss to the Eagles. He missed the entire 2007 season after suffering a knee injury in training camp. Last year, he made four catches for 46 yards. This season, he has five receptions for 32 yards.


Johnson has not been listed on any of the Giants' injury reports recently.





obviously the 2nd article was written before knowing of Johnson on IR

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