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Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari doubtful for Giants in season-opener

Head coach Brian Daboll wasnt prepared to sack the Giants top two edge rushers.

Rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari, who set a Giants rookie record with eight sacks last season, were listed as doubtful on the ultimate injury report of the week as Daboll made a decision to put off your final decision on the duos availability Sunday contrary to the Titans. It preserved a small amount of optimism despite all signs pointing to Thibodeauxs NFL debut being delayed and Ojularis frustrating two-injury summer continuing.

Well just make an effort to go on it right around game time, provided that we are able to, to see whos likely to be active and whos not likely to be active, Daboll said Friday afternoon. So, thatll be actually the next 48 hours ignore it so long as we are able to ignore it.

Thibodeaux (MCL sprain) and Ojulari (calf) were limited participants used, working hand-to-hand combat with little lateral movement. The Giants will undoubtedly be back on the field Saturday for a closed-doors walk-through before going to Nashville, Tenn.

Simply need to see them have the ability to do the items they have to do minus the pads: on the movement skills, the holding the edge, Daboll stated before practice Friday. If we must work them out prior to the game, well work them out prior to the game.

Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari set a franchise record last season with the most sacks, 8, as a rookie.
Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari set a franchise record last season with sacks, 8, as a rookie.
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The ultimate call is a collective between Daboll and head athletic trainer Ronnie Barnes. If either or both are unavailable, the Giants will probably elevate edge rusher Quincy Roche and safety Tony Jefferson from the practice squad to fill the gaps, including rookie safety Dane Beltons (questionable, clavicle) likely absence.

Youve surely got to put the players safety first and foremost, Daboll said.

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Daboll was a defensive assistant for the Patriots during 2001, that was current Titans head coach Mike Vrabels first season as a Patriots linebacker. Daboll (and occasionally Vrabel as a two-way tight end) switched to the offensive side in 2002 and his first stint in New England lasted through 2006 2 yrs before Vrabel left.

What does Vrabel remember from 2 decades ago? Three young Patriots assistants Daboll, Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and Raiders senior defensive assistant Rob Ryan playing three-man football before practice.

It had been cold, late in the growing season, plus they would always do red zone one-on-ones on Friday, Vrabel said. Wed be stretching using one side of the field, and theyd be off in debt zone. Josh will be the quarterback and Rob and Daboll would take turns running routes against one another. Watching both of these in parkas in about 30 degrees and Josh playing quarterback, it could make us laugh every Friday. I dont think well note that on Sunday.

Kayvon Thibodeaux attained a nasty injury during the Giants' preseason.
Kayvon Thibodeaux attained an awful injury through the Giants preseason.
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TE Tanner Hudson, who joined the Giants on Aug. 25, was raised about 90 minutes from Nashville in Camden, Tenn., and spent his youth likely to a small number of Titans games. His wife, mother, brother and sister will undoubtedly be in attendance Sunday, as will several hometown friends.

Hudsons five career receptions are most on the list of Giants four tight ends, before Chris Myarick (three) and rookies Daniel Bellinger and Austin Allen (practice squad).

This is simply not just any tight end room, Hudson said. We’ve good players. We have been a bit younger probably than most, but were figuring everything out as a unit.

Ben Bredeson and rookie Josh Ezeudu will continue competing to start out at left guard through the Saturday walk-through.

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