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Rolle refuses to allow Giants to throw in towel

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Typically on the day following a loss, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin delivers a message to his team before the various units break into smaller groups for meetings with their positional coaches.

Not so this week, as fresh off their fourth consecutive loss on Sunday, Coughlin made an exception when safety and defensive co-captain Antrel Rolle asked if he could address his teammates.

"He's had a couple messages (Monday)," said Coughlin. "One is he feels together and more connected to these players right now than he ever has, that he knows our back is against the wall, and he's not afraid of that circumstance.

"He's kind of put his arms around this team and asked members of this team to understand that and accept that as well and to know full well that when you take the field as a unit and you really do feel like you represent each other and have each other's back, you have to totally believe that you have the ability to succeed and I thought that was a good message today."

Rolle, who wears his emotions on his sleeve, said he was glad to put the first quarter of the season behind him, and noted that from this point forward it is about what the Giants do as a team moving forward.

"This is a new beginning," he said. "It's a 12-game season for us at this point; nothing that has taken place matters, and that's something we were preaching the other day. We have to get that good feeling as far as winning."

For all the talk about leaving the past in the past and starting fresh, the fact of the matter is that in 2013, including preseason, the Giants have not won a game. That is nearly two months of being on the wrong side of the ledger, and for some of his new teammates, they have yet to experience what a winning Giants locker room is like.

So is it realistic to expect the players to forget about their current won-loss record and look forward?

Rolle chose his words carefully.

"Speaking for myself, I know that I can. I understand what this game holds and how many games we have left and we're never really out of the fight until we're out of the fight," he said.

"There were four games that took place and we put the worst possible showing on film for those four games. Once you understand that, you can grow from that and you can critique yourself and grow. I think we all understand that as a team, I think we can all come together better and just help our team out a whole lot more."

He also believes that the team can accomplish the impossible.

"I believe we can go 12-0 from this point on. I truly believe that and I'm not just saying that and people may look at me like I'm crazy but I could really give a damn at this point," he said.

"I know the talent of this team, I know the mindset of this team, we just have to go out there and put it all together."

--LB Mark Herzlich (toe) was seen wearing a walking boot on his right foot. X-rays on Herzlich were negative, but he was to have follow-up tests done to ascertain the exact nature of his injury.

--CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) was injured running down a punt and didn't return to the game. His injury is not believed to be serious.

--DT Cullen Jenkins was seen wearing a protective walking boot on his lower right leg. Jenkins told reporters he has soreness in his knee and Achilles. Head coach Tom Coughlin said that the boot was to provide stability.

--DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) is not believed to have a serious injury that will necessitate him missing much, if any practice time this week.

--CB Aaron Ross (back) had to leave the game early when his back tightened up on him. His ailment is not believed to be one that will keep him out of the Giants' upcoming game against the Eagles.

--DE Justin Tuck (neck) had his head snapped back on a tackle, but he was able to return to the game. He is not expected to miss any practice time this week.

--FB Henry Hynoski, who is currently on season-ending injured reserve, told reporters on Monday that he underwent a "minor surgical procedure" to help expedite the healing of the fracture in his left shoulder that has left his arm in a sling.

--DE Damontre Moore, who had a partially blocked punt and who had a solid showing on special teams, is "close" to joining the defensive end rotation, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
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