Besides New York's obvious struggles--they're 0-4 and rank 30th in the NFL in rushing offense--the Giants' injuries are mounting as their Week 5 matchup approaches vs. the rival Eagles. It's still early in the week, but key members of Big Blue are listed on the injury report for the Philly game (all of the following players are listed on the injury report by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com unless otherwise noted).
Cullen Jenkins, DT: According to Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York, Jenkins is questionable and in a walking boot following an injury suffered in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, to which Jenkins describes the injury as, " I think just a little tendon something, knee and Achilles. ... Hopefully like I said, just a couple days, get this thing treated, and get back going."
If the Giants are going to stop the Eagles' fast-paced rushing attack, they'll need Jenkins along the defensive line.
David Baas and Chris Snee, OL: The Giants offensive line continues to struggle and is still unable to stay healthy, as coach Coughlin believes that neither Baas (neck) nor Snee (hip)--who both missed the Chiefs game--will be able to go against the Eagles on Sunday. Given the injuries along the offensive line, the G-Men went out and signed Dallas Reynolds this week to provide depth.
News that the Giants will again be without two crucial members of the offensive line doesn't bode well for them. The Eagles have racked up 10 sacks this season and will bring a strong pass rush against Manning, who's been sacked 14 times this year (tied for third-most in the NFL).
David Diehl, OL: One positive for Big Blue's offensive line is that veteran David Diehl could make the start against Philadelphia this Sunday. Diehl was active for Week 4 but wasn't able to give it a go, but it's encouraging that he practiced on Wednesday. Graziano notes that if Diehl does play, he'll likely play one of the guard spots, moving Kevin Boothe over to center.
Cornerbacks: Jayron Hosley, Aaron Ross and Corey Webster are all listed on the Week 5 injury report, with Hosley and Ross likely not participating in practice on Wednesday, making them extremely questionable for Sunday. After missing the last two games for New York, Webster will practice Wednesday in hopes of playing vs. the Eagles.
Webster may not be the corner he once was, but he's a step in the right direction to containing DeSean Jackson and Philly's offense.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE: JPP is a shell of the player we saw in 2011, and despite still having trouble with his back from offseason surgery, Pierre-Paul will practice on Wednesday and should be good to go for Sunday afternoon.
I recently listed JPP as one of my players who needs to step it up in Week 5 and help right the ship for the Giants, because going 0-5 will likely end any chance of the G-Men making the postseason.
For a complete listing of the New York Giants' injury report for Week 5, click here.
Pete Schauer is a native of the Jersey Shore where he covers the New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets and New York Yankees as a Yahoo Sports contributor. You can follow him on Twitter @Pete_Schauer and find him on Google+.
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