COMMENTARY | Injuries continue to detract from the New York Giants' performance this season, as the G-Men will look for their first win on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7.
It's never a good thing when practically the entire secondary is listed on the injury report, but that's life for Big Blue this season, whose defense ranks 27th in the NFL. Things could get better for the Giants this week, as they could see a crucial member of the offensive line return to the field.
Here are some important injury updates for the G-Men in Week 7.
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Everyone knows how terrible the Giants' offensive line has been this season, but New York will get a key member of the O-line back on Monday night, as David Baas could be available against Minnesota, according to NBC Sports.
The 32-year-old center has missed the last three games due to a neck injury and could be a key piece to the Giants' offensive line should he be able to go on Monday night. Given Will Beatty's struggles--which I touched on already--a healthy Baas would allow the G-men to play Kevin Boothe or James Brewer at left tackle, moving Beatty to the bench.
Big Blue ranks 28th in rushing and sees its quarterback lead the NFL with 16 interceptions, with a lot of those coming due to a weak offensive line that doesn't give Eli Manning time to throw.
I won't argue that Baas has struggled before, but his experience as a nine-year veteran and familiarity with Manning's habits in the pocket should benefit the Giants' offense in Week 7.
Coming off a monster performance against the Chicago Bears in Week 6, Brandon Jacobs has been slowed down by a hamstring injury this week, but believes he'll be a go against the Vikings, according to Dave Hutchinson of The Star Ledger.
In the wake of David Wilson's injury, Jacobs has been promoted to the starter for Week 7. Still, the G-Men went out and signed 2010 standout Peyton Hillis, who will see a share of the running game alongside Jacobs.
New York will need another 'turn back the clock' performance from Jacobs on Monday nignht against a Minnesota defense that ranks ninth against the rush. The good news for the Giants is that the Vikings have surrendered six ground scores to opposing RBs, so fantasy owners may want to start Jacobs vs. Minnesota.
As long as Jacobs goes light on his hamstring this week, expect him to play and make an impact for the Giants on Monday Night Football.
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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