Injuries Limit Giants Before Game Against Jets

Giants Coach said tight end Kevin Boss, linebacker Keith Bulluck, safeties Kenny Phillips and Michael Johnson and the free-agent receiver Tim Brown would not play.

Guard Rich Seubert, who returned to practice this week after breaking his left hand, has said he will not play in the game either, which will be the first game at the teams’ new stadium.

The raft of injuries forced Coughlin to change Saturday’s planned two-hour practice at the University at Albany from a full workout to a walkthrough. Two of the team’s last three practices have been walkthroughs.

“We have a number of people playing in a limited fashion and a number of people that are out, so there really wasn’t a whole lot,” Coughlin said. “I wasn’t willing to go ahead and risk having somebody else pull up.”

Coughlin planned to play his starters 15 to 18 plays on Monday night. Jets Coach said Saturday that he wanted his starters to play a little bit into the second quarter.

“Because we’ve had such a long time off, that’s probably what we’ll do,” Ryan said.

Snee, a right guard who has played in consecutive Pro Bowls, has been bothered by swelling in his leg. Smith, who set a franchise record with 107 catches last season, has a groin-muscle problem. Smith plans to return to practice on Wednesday.

Boss, the No. 1 tight end, has been bothered by a hamstring injury for a week. He also hopes to practice on Wednesday.

Bulluck and Phillips each had major knee surgery in the past year and are being held out as a precaution. Johnson has had back spasms, and Brown has groin and hamstring injuries.

Listed as questionable for the game are the starting cornerbacks Corey Webster, who has a groin-muscle injury, and Terrell Thomas, who has a leg injury, as well as tight end Scott Chandler, who has a hip-flexor problem.

The Giants have been limited on offense this week with four tight ends sidelined. Besides Boss and Chandler, Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard have been out with hamstring injuries.

“We’re a multiple tight-end team and there have been a lot of formations where we have been very limited,” Coughlin said. “We’ve made some adjustments.”

In the past two days, defensive linemen Tommie Hill and Dave Tollefson, offensive lineman Herb Taylor, the rookie linebacker Adrian Tracy and the free-agent safeties Michael Greco and John Busing have lined up at tight end to help the offense run plays.

As for the Jets, injuries are not their biggest problem. The star cornerback Darrelle Revis is in the 14th day of his holdout and will not play.

ROETHLISBERGER HELD OUT , wearing a uniform for the first time since drawing a six-game suspensio, did not play in Pittsburgh’s 23-7 win over the at Heinz Field. Byron Leftwich, the quarterback who will replace the suspended Roethlisberger when the season starts, was ineffective despite playing much longer than expected.

SHAKY DEBUT FOR BRADFORD Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft, looked poised while hitting four of his first five passes but ended with an extended rough patch in the ’ 28-7 preseason-opening loss to the . Bradford completed only 2 of his last 8 passes against the Vikings’ second-teamers, finishing 6 of 13 for 57 yards. He was sacked four times.

’ GRANT EXITS Packers running back Ryan Grant took a hit to the head and needed help from trainers after being tackled in the first quarter of Green Bay’s preseason opener, a 27-24 loss to visiting Cleveland.

’ STEWART IS READY Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart passed his physical and was cleared to practice for the first time since off-season surgery on his heel.

’ BRYANT IMPROVING The Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant, a first-round pick who sprained his right ankle July 30, is on track to play in the team’s final two preseason games. … offensive tackle Jared Gaither has a small tear in his back that will sideline him for at least two weeks.

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