Just as the Giants appeared to be getting healthy, out goes Aaron Ross with plantar faciitis, a foot inflammation that is very painful, usually long-lasting, and makes it virtually impossible for a cornerback to run. Eli Manning had it last season, but the quarterback doesn't run nearly as much as a corner.
Looks like this will give Victor Cruz yet another opportunity to show his stuff on punt returns, since Ross will be out this week and possibly for much longer. Tough break for a hard-working kid who missed most of last year with hamstring problems. He's proving very, very fragile, which is never good for a pro football player. That will also mean Bruce Johnson will likely move up to the nickel spot on defense.
Oh, and if you're keeping score, WR Ramses Barden has a fractured transverse process. That's that little flange thing that comes out from the veterbrae. Usually takes several weeks to heal, but doesn't usually require surgery. He's already been out a week, and will sit out this one. Coughlin said he could be back next week.
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