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In what should not be a surprise to fans of the New York Giants, a study done by the folks at ManGamesLost.com lists the Giants as the team with the most injuries that cost players to miss games through Week 16 in The NFL.
After trailing the Titans for much of the season, the Giants recently managed to slip out ahead of them.
NFL through week 16, Top 5, most games missed by injured players.
— Man Games Lost NFL (@ManGamesLostNFL) December 30, 2021
This is an ongoing theme with the Giants. If you dig back into the annals of AGL over the past decade on the website Football Outsiders, you’ll see the Giants either led the NFL in that infamous category or were very to close to leading it, including last season.
The Giants have spun their wheels trying to get back into contention only to have injuries spoil their efforts year after year. That has caused them to make some changes to their training and medical staffs but to little avail. Perhaps a more serious deep dive should be done.
What could the answer be? First, they must find out the cause. Many experts around the league that I’ve corresponded with over the years point to the fact that the Giants seem to sign a lot of players making their way back from serious injury to lesser-market deals hoping for some miracle comeback.
That has led them to where they are now: again players with injury histories, boasted contracts and scrambling to find free agent solutions on the cheap.
There has to be some accountability to the training staff when it comes to conditioning. This has been a pattern going back to the Tom Coughlin era. It has to be more than just a coincidence.